I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:13

Introduction

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Thomas A. Dorsey
1899–1993

Words: Tho­mas A. Dor­sey, 1932.

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

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George N. Allen
1812–1877

Origin of the Song

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.

Lyrics

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