Scripture Verse

Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother. Deuteronomy 15:11


Words: Dea­mor R. Drake, in Up­lift­ing Songs, New and Old, ed­it­ed by Charles C. Case & James R. Mur­ray (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1896), num­ber 68.

Music: James R. Mur­ray (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

James R. Murray


Hold out your hand in the darkness of sin,
Help some poor sad heart the haven to win,
Cheer up some soul with a friend’s kindly touch.
And help all you can, be it little or much.


Hold out your hand, hold out your hand,
And bid their hearts be strong;
Hold out your hand, hold out your hand,
And help the world along.

Hold out your hand, for the world is a way
Made up of sadness and sorrow each day;
Smiles are a help to the suffering heart,
To laugh at its sadness and make it depart.


Hold out your hand, then, wherever you are.
Kind deeds will shine thro’ the darkness afar;
Some sinking soul may its twinkling discern,
Oh, come to the haven and righteousness learn.