Scripture Verse

We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Introduction

Words: Et­tie A. Re­vere, in The Roy­al Foun­tain No. 3, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1882) (no vi­si­ble page num­ber; fol­lows page 18 in se­cond sect­ion).

Music: Me­di­cine Hat John R. Swe­ney, 1882 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

’Tis sweet to walk by trust,
’Tis blessèd not to know;
Faith brings a quiet peace and rest,
Which sight cannot bestow;
For night may weary prove,
And dimly light our way;
But faith a steady luster keeps
Through every hour and day.

Refrain

’Tis sweet to walk by trust,
’Tis bless­èd not to know;
Faith brings a quiet peace and rest,
Which sight cannot bestow.

Sight cannot pierce beyond
A present world like this,
But faith ascends to Heav’n itself,
And antedates its bliss;
Sight flies when darkness comes,
And leaves behind no guide;
But faith a trusty pilot is,
And will with us abide.

Refrain

Oh, who would ask for sight
Of faith to take the place;
’Tis quite enough to know that we
Are led by heav’nly grace;
In God then let us trust,
We all sometime shall know;
If not below, in Heav’n above,
Where endless pleasure flow.

Refrain