I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.@Isaiah 41:13
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Thomas A. Dorsey (1899–1993)

Tho­mas A. Dor­sey, 1932.

Adapt­ed by Tho­mas Dor­sey from the tune Mait­land, by George N. Al­len, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George N. Allen (1812–1877)

Dor­sey wrote this song in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, af­ter his wife Net­tie died while giv­ing birth to a child (who al­so died short­ly there­af­ter). Dor­sey sang the song for his friend, Gos­pel singer The­o­dore Frye, and Frye’s choir sang it the next Sun­day at the Eb­en­e­zer Bap­tist Church.

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:

Refrain

Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:

Refrain

When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:

Refrain