Scripture Verse

That which you have hold fast till I come. Revelation 2:25

Introduction

Words: So­phia T. Gris­wold, 1876. Ma­ny hym­nals give the au­thor as Paul­i­na, her pseu­do­nym.

Music: Phi­lip P. Bliss (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Griswold (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Philip P. Bliss
(1838–1876)

Lyrics

Oh, spirit, o’erwhelmed
By thy failures and fears,
Look up to thy Lord,
Though with trembling and tears;
Weak Faith, to thy call
Seem the heav’ns only dumb?
To thee is the message,
Hold fast till I come.

Refrain

Hold fast till I come,
Hold fast till I come,
A bright crown awaits thee;
Hold fast till I come.

Hold fast when the world
Would allure thee to sin;
Hold fast when the tempter
Assails from within;
In sunshine or sadness,
In gain or in loss,
To falter were madness;
Oh, cling to the cross.

Refrain

Thy Savior is coming
In tenderest love,
To make up His jewels
And bear them above:
Oh, child, in thine anguish,
Despairing or dumb,
Remember the message,
Hold fast till I come.

Refrain