The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.@Deuteronomy 33:27
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Elisha A. Hoffman (1839-1929)

Elisha A. Hoffman, in The Glad Evangel for Revival, Camp, and Evangelistic Meetings (Dalton, Georgia: A. J. Showalter & Company, 1887). This song was sung in the 1943 movie The Human Comedy, starring Mickey Rooney, which was nominated for Academy Awards in five categories, including Best Picture & Best Actor. William Saroyan won Best Original Story for the film.

Anthony J. Showalter ( pdf nwc). Showalter wrote this tune & words to the refrain after hearing from two friends whose wives had died, & asked Hoffman to write the remaining lyrics.

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Anthony J. Showalter (1858-1924)

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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