Scripture Verse

As thy days, so shall thy strength be.@Deuteronomy 33:25

Words: James R. Mur­ray, in A Se­lect­ion of Spir­it­u­al Songs with Mu­sic for the Sun­day-School, ed­it­ed by Charles S. Ro­bin­son (New York: Cen­tu­ry Com­pa­ny, 1881), num­ber 204.

Music: Ko­zhi­ko­de James R. Mur­ray, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James R. Murray
(1841–1905)

Lyrics

Faint not, nor falter in the way
That leadeth to thy perfect home;
The night must come before the day,
Rest seemeth sweet to those who roam;
And God has left this word with thee,
That as thy day, thy strength shall be,
That as thy day, thy strength shall be.

Grief may distress thine inmost heart,
Long-trusted friends may fickle prove:
Not sorrow’s sting, nor traitor’s dart,
Shall e’er thy steadfast spirit move;
Because this promise dwells with thee,
As is thy day, thy strength shall be,
As is thy day, thy strength shall be.

Pain may thine earthly ease displace,
Disease enfeeble all thy powers;
E’en cheerful hope may veil her face,
And lingering moments seem as hours;
Yet still this promise is to thee,
As is thy day, thy strength shall be,
As is thy day, thy strength shall be.

Then trust thy God whate’er betide!
None ever knew His promise fail;
His angel, ever at thy side,
Shall help thy patience to prevail;
Forbode no ill, for thou shalt see
That as thy day, thy strength shall be,
That as thy day, thy strength shall be.