Scripture Verse

Why did you doubt? Matthew 14:31


Arthur T. Pierson (1837–1911)

Words: Ar­thur T. Pier­son, in the Sol­dier’s Pray­er Book (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Ge­ne­ral Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Book So­cie­ty, 1862).

Music: Phi­lip P. Bliss (1838–1876) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)


Can it be right for me to go
On in this dark, un­cer­tain way?
Say, I be­lieve, and yet not know
Whether my sins are put away?


I will no long­er doubt Thee, O Lord!
I will for­ev­er rest in Thy Word.

Can it be right in doubt to wait,
Wait for the day that tries the heart,
Ere I shall learn what is my state,
Fearing the Judge should say, De­part?


Can it be right such loads to bear,
While He says, Come, I’ll give you rest?
Bidding me cast on Him my care,
Leaning in love, up­on His breast.


Can it be right to doubt His pow­er,
Both to for­give and van­quish sin?
Even in tri­als of dark­est hour,
Can not His love give peace with­in?


Can it be right no soul to seek,
Lest I should prove un­fit to guide?
Can He not teach my tongue to speak,
Will He not am­ple strength pro­vide?


Can it be right with such a Lord,
Even to dread the hour of death?
Waiting in faith the great re­ward,
Calmly I’ll yield my dy­ing breath.