Put your finger here and look at My hands! Put your hand into My side. Stop doubting and have faith!@John 20:27

Sa­la­thi­el C. Kirk, in Choice Hymns No. 1, ed­it­ed by J. Wil­bur Chap­man & Win­field S. Weed­en (New York & Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1902), num­ber 45.

Ma­ri­na del Rey Em­i­ly D. Wil­son, 1902 (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the com­pos­er as Mrs. J. G. Wilson (Emily’s hus­band was John G. Wi­lson).

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Salathiel C. Kirk
(1845–1913)

So strange it seemed and wondrous,
When first it came to me,
The story of King Jesus,
I asked Can such things be?
I felt my heart replying,
O if I only knew!
The cross, the thorns, the dying!
Oh is it, is it true?

Refrain

I love to hear it spoken,
I love to read it through;
But O for word or token
To tell me it is true!

And when I heard the story
Told o’er and o’er again,
How Jesus, now in glory,
Was walking still with men,
Was filling hearts with gladness,
And scattering sunshine through;
My own heart longed in sadness
To know if it were true.

Refrain

Then softly was it spoken,
Come, lean upon My breast,
Ye weary ones, heartbroken,
And I will give you rest.

My heart, so sad and lonely,
A little closer drew;
I cried, O Lord, if only
I felt and knew it true!

Last Refrain

My Savior, O my Savior!
The old, old story’s new!
My strength, my joy forever,
I know, I know it’s true.