Scripture Verse

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

Introduction

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Elisha A. Hoffman
(1839–1929)

Words: Eli­sha A. Hoff­man, in The Glad Ev­an­gel (Dal­ton, Geor­gia: A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1887).

Music: An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter (🔊 pdf nwc). Sho­wal­ter wrote this tune, and 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)

The Song in Films

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 and Best Ac­tor. Will­iam Sa­roy­an won Best Orig­in­al Sto­ry for the film.

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

What have I to dread? What have I to fear?
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessèd peace
With my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain