Scripture Verse

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. Psalm 34:7


Martha E. Pettus

Words: Mar­tha E. Pet­tus, The Way­side Shrine (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Sher­man, French & Com­pa­ny, 1914), pag­es 99–100.

Music: Zov­ko James C. D. Par­ker (1828–1916) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Hush! we are surrounded! See you not the foe—
All encamped and guarded, watch­ing us be­low?

Yes, I said, “I see them—they are ve­ry near;
I can hear their footsteps, yet I do not fear.

“For oh, look, my brother, nearer than the foe
Are the tents of angels, shining pure as snow.
See the shining sentries pace our camp to­night,
Rank on rank of watchers, glo­ri­ous in their might.

He who is their captain bids me trust His care;
Well I know His bright ones keep their vigil there.
Hosts may camp against me—heart, thou shalt not fear!
He, the Lord of angels, God our king is here.