Scripture Verse

The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. Genesis 31:49


Words: Is­a­bel­la S. Ste­ven­son, 1869. She wrote this hymn af­ter her bro­ther was sent to South Af­ri­ca for health rea­sons. It was sung on the HMS Bac­chan­te, and pub­lished in the Man­u­al of Com­mon Pray­er at Sea, 1886.

Music: Cairn­brook Eb­en­e­zer Prout, in the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church Hym­nal, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ste­ven­son or Prout (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Holy Father, in Thy mercy,
Hear our anxious prayer.
Keep our loved ones, now far distant,
’Neath Thy care.

Jesus, Savior, let Thy presence
Be their light and guide;
Keep, oh, keep them, in their weakness,
At Thy side.

When in sorrow, when in danger,
When in loneliness,
In Thy love look down and comfort
Their distress.

May the joy of Thy salvation
Be their strength and stay;
May they love and may they praise Thee
Day by day.

Holy Spirit, let Thy teaching
Sanctify their life;
Send Thy grace, that they may conquer
In the strife.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
God the One in Three,
Bless them, guide them, save them, keep them
Near to Thee.