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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

James R. Murray (1841–1905)


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.