Scripture Verse

He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10


Mary G. Brainard (1837–1905)

Words: Mary G. Brain­ard, in The Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ist, 1869. Ar­ranged by Phi­lip Bliss in Gos­pel Hymns No. 3, cir­ca 1876.

Music: Phi­lip P. Bliss (🔊 pdf nwc).

Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)

Origin of the Hymn

Mr. Bliss lost his life in the ter­ri­ble wreck at Ash­ta­bu­la, Ohio. His trunk, how­ev­er, reached Chi­ca­go safe­ly, as it had gone be­fore by an­oth­er train. In his trunk was dis­covered this hymn. Mr. Bliss had re­ar­ranged the words of the poem to some ex­tent, and had com­posed the tune. Sen­tence by sen­tence, the words are full of pa­the­tic in­ter­est in con­nec­tion with the au­thor’s sud­den death so soon af­ter­ward.

Sankey, p. 165


I know not what awaits me,
God kind­ly veils mine eyes,
And o’er each step of my on­ward way
He makes new scenes to rise;
And ev’ry joy He sends me, comes
A sweet and glad sur­prise.


Where He may lead me I’ll fol­low,
My trust in Him re­pose
And ev’ry hour in per­fect peace
I’ll sing, He knows, He knows;
And ev’ry hour in per­fect peace
I’ll sing, He knows, He knows.

One step I see be­fore me,
’Tis all I need to see,
The light of Heav’n more bright­ly shines,
When earth’s il­lu­sions flee;
And sweet­ly through the si­lence, came
His lov­ing Fol­low Me.


O bliss­ful lack of wis­dom,
’Tis bless­èd not to know;
He holds me with His own right hand,
And will not let me go,
And lulls my trou­bled soul to rest
In Him who loves me so.


So on I go not know­ing,
I would not if I might;
I’d ra­ther walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I’d ra­ther walk in faith with Him
Than go alone by sight.


He knows, He knows, He knows.