Scripture Verse

Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is Thy hand. Psalm 89:13


Franz J. Haydn (1732–1809)

Words: John M. Neale, Hymns for the Young, 1842. Orig­in­al first line: Bless­èd Sav­iour, Who Hast Taught Me. This hymn has been pub­lished in many mo­di­fied ver­sions. The text be­low ap­peared in the Ev­an­ge­li­cal Lu­ther­an Hym­nal (Co­lum­bus, Ohio: Lu­ther­an Book Concern, 1908), num­ber 40.

Music: Aus­tria (Hay­dn) ar­ranged by Franz J. Hay­dn, 1797, pos­si­bly from a Cro­atian folk tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

John M. Neale (1818–1866)


Holy Fa­ther, Thou hast taught us
We should live to Thee alone;
Year by year, Thy hand hath brought us
On thro’ dan­gers oft un­known.
When we wan­dered, Thou hast found us,
When we doubt­ed, sent us light;
Still Thine arm has been around us,
All our paths were in Thy sight.

In the world will foes as­sail us,
Craftier, strong­er far than we;
And the strife will ne­ver fail us,
Till our death shall set us free;
Therefore, Lord, we come be­liev­ing
Thou canst give the pow­er we need,
Through the pray­er of faith re­ceiv­ing
Strength, the Spi­rit’s strength, in­deed.

We would trust in Thy pro­tect­ing,
Wholly rest up­on Thine arm,
Follow whol­ly Thy di­rect­ing,
Thou our on­ly guard from harm;
Keep us from our own un­do­ing,
Help us turn to Thee when tried;
Still our foot­steps, Fa­ther! view­ing
Keep us ev­er at Thy side.