Scripture Verse

Uphold me according unto Thy Word. Psalm 119:116


Berthold Tours (1838–1897)

Words: Sam­uel V. Cole, Sci­pio’s Gar­den and Oth­er Po­ems, 1901. The Pil­grim Hym­nal, 1904, dates it to 1887.

Music: De­ven­ter Ber­thold Tours, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel V. Cole (1851–1925)


O Thou who seal­est up the past,
The days slip from us, and the years
Grow si­lent with their hopes and fears;
’Tis Thine to keep all things at last.

We have not done the things we would,
A blot­ted page we ren­der back;
And yet, what­e’er our work may lack,
Thy work goes on, and Thou art good.

Thou mov­est in the mov­ing years;
Wherever man is, there Thou art
To ov­er­rule his feeb­ler part,
And bring a bless­ing out of tears.

Thou op­en­er of the years to be,
Let me not lose, in woe or weal,
The touch of Thy strong hand I feel
Upholding and di­rect­ing me.