Scripture Verse

He will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14


Robert A. Jennings, Jr.

Words: E. H. Whit­man, in Help­ful Gos­pel Songs, ed­it­ed by F. A. En­slow, Ro­bert A. Jen­nings & F. Le­roy Ens­low (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia; Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; and Si­lo­am Springs, Ar­kan­sas: Praise Pub­lish­ing, 1908), num­ber 27.

Music: Cher­ka­sy Ro­bert A. Jen­nings, Jr. (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Whit­man’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


The way is dark with lowering clouds o’erhead,
And threatening dangers lie on either side.
The present step alone I see to tread;
O Light of life, be Thou my constant guide.

I am not wise, and know not what to do,
Nor how to toil acceptably for Thee;
While willing learners of Thy work are few,
O Thou omniscient One, my teacher be.

The time is short, so much remains to do,
So much is lost by those who miss the way.
Since I may wander from the highway, too,
Guide my imperiled soul through time’s short day.

One way alone I know leads home to Thee,
While wandering paths diverge from either side.
I would not miss the blissful company,
And welcome of the crowned and glorified.

O Israel’s God and mine amid the night,
The ignorance that mars my work for Thee.
In time’s short day along the way of light,
Be Thou my guide unto eternity.