Scripture Verse

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27

Introduction

Words: Will­iam L. Den­nis, in The Bap­tist Harp (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania: Am­er­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1849), num­ber 113. The wi­dow’s God.

Music: Hat­tie (Rupp) Hen­ry S. Rupp, in Hymns and Tunes (Elk­hart, In­di­a­na: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing, 1890), page 52 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

In this lone hour of deep distress,
When heavy sorrows round me press,
Encouraged by Thy gracious word,
I trust Thee as the widow’s God.

A husband lies in death’s embrace,
The grave is now his resting place;
O, as I pass beneath Thy rod,
Reveal Thyself the widow’s God.

Assuage my grief, remove my fears,
Suppress my murmuring, dry my tears;
Help me to own Thee as my Lord,
And bless Thee as the widow’s God.

Be Thou my counselor and stay,
Protect by night, and guide by day;
Then, as I travel life’s rough road,
I’ll praise Thee as the widow’s God.