The Lord is thy keeper. Psalm 121:5
Words: Fanny Crosby, 1894. Published in Special Sacred Songs # 1, by Ira D. Sankey, James McGranahan, & George Stebbins (New York: Biglow & Main, 1896). A humorous story tells that a child misunderstood the words of the third verse as
Gladly, the cross-eyed bear.
Keep Thou my way, O Lord, be Thou ever nigh;
Strong is Thy mighty arm, weak and frail am I;
Then, my unchanging friend, on Thee, my hopes depend,
Till life’s brief day shall end, be Thou ever nigh.
Keep Thou my heart, O Lord, ever close to Thee;
Safe in Thine arms of love, shall my refuge be;
Then, over a tranquil tide, my bark shall safely glide;
I shall be satisfied, ever close to Thee.
Keep Thou my all, O Lord, hide my life in Thine;
O let Thy sacred light over my pathway shine;
Kept by Thy tender care, gladly the cross I’ll bear;
Hear Thou and grant my prayer, hide my life in Thine.