Scripture Verse

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4


Words: Au­thor un­known. These words were in print by the ear­ly 19th Cen­tu­ry, ap­pear­ing in Zi­on’s Song­ster, ed­it­ed by Tho­mas Ma­son (New York: 1827).

Music: Christ­mas Is­land J. C. Bur­kett, in The Crown­ing Day, ed­it­ed by James H. Rue­bush, Ja­cob H. Hall & Al­dine S. Kief­fer (Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia: Rue­bush-Kief­fer, 1894), num­ber 11 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know the au­thor, Bur­kett’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of ei­ther per­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Death shall not destroy my comfort,
Christ shall guide me thro’ the gloom;
Down He’ll send some angel convoy
To convey my spirit home.


Soon with angels I’ll be marching
With bright glory on my brow;
Who will share my blissful portion,
Who will love my Savior now?

Jordan’s streams shall not o’erflow me,
While my Savior’s by my side;
Canaan, Canaan lies before me,
Rise and cross the swelling tide.


Smiling angels now surround me,
Troops resplendent in the skies;
Glory shining all around me
While my happy spirit flies.


Jesus, clad in dazzling splendor,
Now, methinks, appears in view!
Brethren, could you see my Jesus,
You would love and serve Him, too.