Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Em­ma E. Good­rich, in Fount of Bless­ing, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Sta­ples (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Cen­tral Book Con­cern, 1880), page 90.

Music: He­bei Ro­bert G. Sta­ples, 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Good­rich’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Robert G. Staples
(1833–1891)

Lyrics

I know not—the way is so misty—
The joys or the griefs it shall bring,
What clouds are o’erhanging the future,
What flow’rs by the roadside shall spring;
But there’s One who will journey beside me,
Nor in weal nor in woe will forsake;
And this is my solace and comfort—
He knoweth the way that I take.

I stand where the two ways are meeting,
And know not the right from the wrong;
No beckoning fingers direct me,
No welcome floats to me in song;
But my guide will soon give me a token,
By wilderness, mountain or lake;
Whatever the darkness about me,
He knoweth the way that I take.

And I know that the way leadeth homeward
To the land of the pure and the blest,
To the country of ever fair summer,
To the city of peace and of rest;
And there shall be healing for sickness,
And fountains, life’s fever to slake;
What matters beside? I go heav’nward,
He knoweth the way that I take.