Scripture Verse

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spir­it. Psalm 34:18


Words: John M. Whyte, in The Fin­est of the Wheat, by George D. El­der­kin (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ro­bert R. Mc­Cabe, 1890), num­ber 86.

Music: Car­ra­ra John M. Whyte, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Like the music of a foun­tain
Which a thirs­ty tra­vel­er hears,
Speaks a voice from Cal­v’ry’s mount­ain,
I am more than all thy fears.


O ye brok­en hearts, look up­ward!
Hear the an­gel voices call­ing,
Lift your eyes to Cal­v’ry’s Je­sus,
Broken heart­ed there for you.

Tho’ thy heart is crushed and brok­en,
Like a storm tossed ship at sea,
Sinking, dy­ing, Christ hath spok­en,
It is I, look un­to Me.


Tho’ thy song hath naught but sor­row,
Like a bird’s whose breast is torn,
Fly to Christ, nor wait the mor­row,
He hath all thy sor­rows borne.


Look away be­yond thy sad­ness,
Up to Je­sus turn thy gaze;
Then thy song shall turn to glad­ness—
Then thy tongue shall sound His praise.