Let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.@Joshua 4:22

Gervase Smith (1821-1882). The manuscript for this hymn was found in Smith’s desk after his death.

H. W. Lanning, in Joyful Lays, edited by Robert Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York/Chicago, Illinois: Biglow & Main, 1884), number 10 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Gervase Smith (1821-1882)

The Jordan is rolling betwixt me and home;
I stand on the margin, the summons has come.
My Joshua leads me through death’s darkest wave;
His hand is unerring, and mighty to save.

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Mighty to save, mighty to save;
The Lord is my leader, and mighty to save.

The world is behind me, life’s trials are o’er;
Lo! Heav’n is appearing, I see the blest shore.
Bright angels are beaming their welcome to me;
And God, my Redeemer, benignant I see.

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Now in the dread moment my sins I confess;
My only foundation is His righteousness,
Who purchased salvation for me by His death,
And gives me assurance through penitent faith.

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O Savior! be near me, keep hold of my hand:
The waters, though surging, will own Thy command.
My fears have all vanished, death’s terrors have gone;
I walk through the river, and up to the throne.

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