Scripture Verse

God takes care of His own, even while they sleep. Psalm 127:2


Words: R. Jay Pow­ell, in Crown of Gold, ed­it­ed by Will­iam T. Giffe & Frank M. Da­vis (Lo­gans­port, In­di­ana: Home Mu­sic, 1892), num­ber 9.

Music: Sibiu R. Jay Pow­ell, 1892 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Pow­ell (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Darkness falls upon our pathway,
Nature’s eyes are closed in sleep;
Phantom ships in noiseless motion
Rock upon the quiet deep.


Gracious Fa­ther, guard our slumbers,
May our waking thoughts be pure;
Pure because these frail clay vessels
Rested in Thine arms secure.

Light in darkness, joy in sorrow,
Peace in trouble, love in fear;
These the fruits of Thy sweet Spir­it,
Naught alarms when Thou art near.


Thus our days are filled with gladness,
Thus our nights devoid of gloom,
Though perchance a touch of sadness
Comes, enriching love’s perfume.