He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.@Psalm 121:4

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Young Peo­ple’s Songs of Praise, ed­it­ed by Ira San­key (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1902), num­ber 153. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Ly­man G. Cuy­ler, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: Ira D. San­key (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ira D. Sankey
(1840–1908)

Lyrics

He who safely keepeth,
Slumbers not, nor sleepeth;
Tho’ by all the world forsaken,
Wherefore should I fear?
That which He hath spoken
Never can be broken;
Who shall harm the trusting heart
When He is near?

He will keep me ever,
Where no power can sever
From my heart the love that hides me,
In His secret place;
There in faith abiding,
All to Him confiding,
Thro’ His Spirit I am sealed
An heir of grace.

He will keep me ever;
Like a gentle river
Peace from Him, my Lord and Savior,
Comes with joy to me;
In its quiet flowing,
Life and health bestowing,
Till within the gates of pearl
The King I see!