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-and-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.