Scripture Verse

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom. Isaiah 40:11

Introduction

Words: Maria L. James, in The Wells of Sal­va­tion, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1881), num­ber 160, alt.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know James’ full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

Let me lean on Thy bosom, dear Savior, I pray,
Tho’ worthless and weary at heart;
Let me come! Give me shelter; Oh, turn not away,
Bid my gloom and my sorrow depart.

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Let me lean on Thy bosom, dear Savior, I pray;
Let me lean on Thy bosom, dear Savior, I pray.

Let me lean on Thy bosom, dear Savior, I pray,
Tho’ erring and sinful, and vile;
Tho’ I’ve wandered, forgive me, I come back today,
And entreat for Thy favor and smile.

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Let me lean on Thy bosom, dear Savior, I pray,
For there I new strength shall obtain;
To meet every trial that passes this way,
To bear without murmur all pain.

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Let me lean on Thy bosom, dear Savior, I pray,
Held close in Thy loving embrace;
Nor leave me, no, no, lest I wander and stray,
And again I lose sight of Thy face.

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Let me lean on Thy bosom, dear Savior, I pray,
My hand in Thine own while I sing
Of the grace which hath saved me, of this happy day,
When my heart owns that Jesus is King.

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