Scripture Verse

I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy: for Thou hast considered my trouble; Thou hast known my soul in adversities. Psalm 31:7


Words & Mu­sic: E. Mar­ga­ret Par­ker, in Ro­de­hea­ver’s Gos­pel Songs, by Ho­mer A. Ro­de­hea­ver & Charles H. Ga­bri­el (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ro­de­hea­ver, 1922), num­ber 38 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


There is not a care in all the world
But smiles can make it light,
Then smile as on your way you go;
There is not a cloud so dark
But has a sil­ver lin­ing bright,
And ev­ery tri­al met is ev­en so.


You can bridge the road to Hea­ven
With a sun­ny smile,
And its miles of care and sor­row
With a song be­guile;
Doubt and fear will not mo­lest;
You will be su­preme­ly blest
If you bridge the road to Hea­ven with a smile.

Tho’ your path­way seems the rough­est,
And the rocks and thorns abound,
Just smile away the ache and pain;
Tho’ the ruts are deep and mud­dy,
Don’t give up and turn around,
For soon the sun will shine away the rain.


Tho’ the storm may ga­ther o’er you,
Foes as­sail with­out, with­in,
Fear not the dan­ger or the strife;
If you smile and fight with cour­age,
There is One to help you win
A crown of joy and ev­er­last­ing life.