Scripture Verse

You hold me by my right hand. Psalm 73:23–24


Words: Will­iam Can­ton, in Good Words, 1893, page 333.

Music: Mi­se­re­re Mei me­lo­dy from Se­ven Sobs of a Sor­row­ful Soul, 1585 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Can­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Hold Thou my hands!
In grief and joy, in hope and fear,
Lord, let me feel that Thou art near:
Hold Thou my hands!

If e’er by doubts
Of Thy good fa­ther­hood de­pressed,
I can­not find in Thee my rest:
Hold Thou my hands!

Hold Thou my hands!
These pas­sion­ate hands too quick to smite,
These hands so ea­ger for de­light:
Hold Thou my hands!

And when at length,
With dark­ened eyes and fin­gers cold,
I seek some last loved hand to hold,
Hold Thou my hands!