Scripture Verse

The Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9

Introduction

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Mary A. P. Stansbury
(1842–1928)

Words: Ma­ry A. P. Stans­bu­ry, 1893.

Music: Al­a­me­da Sol­o­mon W. Straub (1842–1899) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Cain Kills Abel
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)

Lyrics

Where is thy brother? O my soul,
What answer canst thou make?
What hast thou done for love of him,
Or suffered for his sake?

Refrain

O may’st thou answer unafraid,
Nor tremble at the word,
In love and service, I would be
My brother’s keeper, Lord!

When pressed by weight of care or grief,
He stumbled by the way;
Didst thou his heavy burdens share,
And wipe his tears away?

Refrain

And when for his unwary feet,
The tempter’s snare was spread,
Didst thou with firm and gentle hand
His erring footsteps lead?

Refrain