Scripture Verse

It is I; be not afraid. John 6:20


John Fawcett
National Portrait Gallery


Words: John Faw­cett, A Brief Sup­ple­ment to the Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, se­cond ed­i­tion (Lon­don: Ad­am Tay­lor, 1816), num­ber 189.

Music: Can­on­bury, adapt­ed from Nacht­stück, Op­us 23, No. 4, by Ro­bert A. Schu­mann, 1839 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Robert A. Schumann


Children of God, renounce your fears,
Lo! Jesus for your help appears,
And kindly speaks as He draws nigh,
Be not afraid, for it is I.

When in the awful tempest tost,
You feel your strength and courage lost,
And mighty waves roll o’er your head,
Your Lord is near, be not afraid.

When mournful tidings come from far,
Or nations raise tumultuous war,
And wide their devastation spread,
Yet He is near, be not afraid.

The famine, pestilence and sword,
Are all obedient to His word;
He, riding on the stormy sky,
Says, Fear ye not, for it is I.

When earthly joys are from you torn,
Or when, with heartfelt grief you mourn,
To see your dear relations dead,
Yet Jesus lives, be not afraid.

When fierce disease attacks your frame,
Your Savior’s love is still the same;
In death’s dark shade you need not fear
For Jesus will be with you there.

When stars are from their orbits hurled,
And flames consume the guilty world,
E’en then your judge will smiling cry,
Be not afraid, for it is I.