Scripture Verse

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


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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)


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.


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.


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.