Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 1 Peter 1:5
Words: Florence T. Rudge, in Songs of Love and Praise (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: S. B. Ellenberger, 1884), number 143. Some hymnals show the lyricist as Fairelie Thornton, Rudge’s pseudonym.
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Kept from sin and Satan’s power,
Kept by Jesus every hour;
Kept for Him who lives for me,
Kept His messenger to be.
Jesus keeps me by His power;
Jesus keeps me every hour;
Jesus keeps me, yes, I know,
Therefore I can fear no foe.
Kept throughout each passing year
I shall be, so cannot fear;
Kept from every foe or harm,
Kept from all that would alarm.
Kept to live His life below,
Kept His praises here to show;
Kept from self—that evil thing,
Kept His wanderers home to bring.
Yes, I shall be kept, I know,
Therefore I can fear no foe;
Now I yield myself to Thee,
Jesus, Savior, keep Thou me.