Thy word is truth.@John 17:17
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William S. Hays (1837-1907)

William S. Hays, arranged in Hymns New and Old No. 2, edited by Daniel B. Towner (New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1890), number 40.

Daniel B. Towner (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Daniel B. Towner (1850-1919)

As your journey thro’ life
To the grave you pursue,
There is one thing in earnest
I wish you to do.
Oh! listen, my boy,
While I say this to you—
Oh! cling to the Bible, my boy.

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Then cling to the Bible, my boy,
Oh! cling to the Bible, my boy;
While living or dying,
All else letting go,
Oh! cling to the Bible, my boy.

You may meet with misfortunes
And sorrows and tears,
You may battle with sin
And with Satan for years.
Be a Christian! press on!
Do not have any fears,
But cling to the Bible, my boy.

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Put your faith in our Father,
And you will be strong;
Keep your eye on the cross
And you’ll never go wrong;
Sing the sweet songs of praise
As you journey along,
And cling to the Bible, my boy.

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Every time that you read it
You’ll learn something new,
Of Jesus who died
On the cross to save you;
To the Lord, to yourself,
And to Heaven be true,
And cling to the Bible, my boy.

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’Tis the anchor of hope,
And the lamp that gives light;
’Tis the star that will shine
Thro’ your life’s darkest night.
If you follow its guidance
You’ll always be right.
Oh! cling to the Bible, my boy.

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