Scripture Verse

I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:18


George C. Stebbins

Words: Jo­seph Par­ker, in Gos­pel Hymns No. 5, ed­it­ed by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George Steb­bins (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio & New York: John Church and Big­low & Main, 1887), num­ber 134. Some hym­nals in­cor­rect­ly give his first name as John.

Music: Nat­chi­to­ches George C. Steb­bins (🔊 pdf nwc).

Joseph Parker


God holds the key of all unknown,
And I am glad;
If other hands should hold the key,
Or if He trusted it to me,
I might be sad, I might be sad.

What if tomorrow’s cares were here
Without its rest!
I’d rather He unlocked the day;
And, as the hours swing open, say,
My will is best, My will is best.

The very dimness of my sight
Makes me secure;
For, groping in my misty way,
I feel His hand; I hear Him say,
My help is sure, My help is sure.

I cannot read His future plans;
But this I know;
I have the smiling of His face,
And all the refuge of His grace,
While here below, while here below.

Enough! this covers all my wants,
And so I rest!
For what I cannot, He can see,
And in His care I saved shall be,
Forever blest, forever blest.