Scripture Verse

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet. Psalm 119:105


Words: M. J. Smith, in Gos­pel Hymns No. 5, by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1887), num­ber 127.

Music: James R. Mur­ray (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Smith’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

James R. Murray (1841–1905)


Cling to the Bi­ble, though all else be tak­en;
Lose not its pre­cepts, so pre­cious and pure;
Souls that are sleep­ing its tid­ings awaken;
Life from the dead in its pro­mis­es sure.


Cling to the Bi­ble!
Cling to the Bi­ble!
Cling to the Bi­ble—
Our lamp and our guide!

Cling to the Bi­ble! This jew­el and trea­sure
Brings life eter­nal, and saves fall­en man;
Surely its val­ue no mor­tal can mea­sure:
Seek for its bless­ing, O soul, while you can!


Lamp for the feet that in by­ways have wan­dered,
Guide for the youth that would oth­er­wise fall;
Hope for the sin­ner whose life has been squan­dered,
Staff for the ag­èd, and best book of all.