Scripture Verse

Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold on to me. Psalm 139:10


Words: An­na G. Holt, in Make His Praise Glo­ri­ous, ed­it­ed by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: E. O. Ex­cell, 1900), num­ber 51.

Music: Chel­ya­binsk Ira. O. Hoff­man (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Holt or Hoff­man (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


When hea­vy clouds o’er­spread my sky
And on the path I tra­vel by,
There falls no cheer­ing ray of light,
And I must walk by faith, not sight,
Then, Fa­ther, hold my hand.

Tho’ hea­vi­ly my bur­dens press,
I will not live and trust Thee less;
When steep­er grows my wea­ry way,
Help me to fol­low and obey,
And clos­er hold my hand.

Or, if some­time the sun should shine,
And bright­er, hap­pi­er days be mine;
If I with joy should lift my head,
And smile to find the sha­dows fled,
Still, Fa­ther, hold my hand.