Scripture Verse

I shall lose none of all that He has given Me. John 6:39

Introduction

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Ada R. Habershon
(1861–1918)

Words: Ada R. Ha­ber­shon, 1906.

Music: Ro­bert Hark­ness (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Robert Harkness
(1880–1961)

Anecdote

During a cam­paign in To­ron­to, Can­a­da, a young con­vert with whom I was deal­ing ex­pressed the fear that he would not be able to hold out.

A day or two lat­er in a let­ter to Miss Ada Hab­ers­hon, of Lon­don, I men­tioned the need for a song which would give def­in­ite as­sur­ance of suc­cess in the Chris­tian life.

The weeks passed and a cou­ple of months lat­er dur­ing a great cam­paign in Phil­a­del­phia, U.S.A., I re­ceived a batch of sev­en new songs writ­ten by Miss Hab­er­shon.

As Dr. Tor­rey preached his ser­mon one af­ter­noon (in­stead of lis­ten­ing!) I oc­cu­pied the time in set­ting the sev­en lyr­ics to mu­sic. One of these was He will hold me fast.

The same ev­en­ing it was in­tro­duced by Chas. M. Al­ex­an­der to an au­die­nce of 4,000 pe­ople. Its suc­cess was im­med­i­ate, and it has con­tin­ued to be a great fav­our­ite. It has been trans­lat­ed in­to ma­ny lan­guag­es.

Robert Harkness

Lyrics

When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail,
He can hold me fast.

Refrain

He will hold me fast,
He will hold me fast;
For my Savior loves me so,
He will hold me fast.

I could never keep my hold,
He will hold me fast;
For my love is often cold,
He must hold me fast.

Refrain

I am precious in His sight,
He will hold me fast;
Those He saves are His delight.
He will hold me fast.

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He’ll not let my soul be lost,
Christ will hold me fast;
Bought by Him at such a cost,
He will hold me fast.

Refrain