Scripture Verse

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


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).

Ira D. Sankey (1840–1908)


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!