Scripture Verse

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16


Words: Bird­ie Bell, in Up­lift­ed Voic­es (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Gei­bel & Leh­man, 1901), num­ber 54.

Music: Ad­am Gei­bel (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bell (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Adam Geibel (1855–1933)


There’s a bless­èd Book that’s giv­en
For the sav­ing of man­kind;
All who read its pre­cious pag­es
May a price­less trea­sure find;
Rarer than the gems which spar­kle
In the mon­arch’s beau­teous crown
Are the mes­sages of par­don
For the souls in sin bowed down.


Blessèd Book! be thou our guide;
We would walk at Je­sus’ side;
Teach us how to live each day
As we tread the nar­row way.

In this Book we read of Je­sus
Who once came to earth to save
Dying souls from sin’s do­min­ion
And the ter­ror of the grave;
And our hearts are ne­ver wea­ry
Of the les­sons which we learn
As we read the sto­ry ov­er,
As the sac­red leaves we turn.


Let us study it with pa­tience,
Learn to love it more and more;
It will teach us of the Sav­ior
Whom our youth­ful hearts ad­ore;
If we heark­en to its coun­sels,
Heed its pre­cepts true and pure,
Then our foot­steps will not wan­der
From the path­way safe and sure.