Scripture Verse

Thou art my rock and my fortress. Psalm 31:3


Hart P. Danks (1834–1903)

Words: Mar­tha S. Lip­pin­cott, in Young Peo­ple’s Songs of Praise, by Ira D. San­key (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1902), num­ber 7.

Music: Av­oca Hart P. Danks, 1902 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Lip­pin­cott (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els)


Surely, sure­ly there is safe­ty
In the shel­ter of our Lord,
He is rea­dy to pro­tect us,
When His mer­cy is im­plored;
Let us look to Him in trou­ble
When upon life’s stor­my sea;
He will be a place of re­fuge,
Where our souls at rest may be.

He will lead us on to Hea­ven
If we fol­low in His way;
And will be the star to guide us
To the bright, ce­les­tial day;
Let us steer life’s ves­sel ever
To the har­bor of His grace,
So that He at last may bring us
To be­hold Him face to face.

He’s a re­fuge ne­ver fail­ing,
And a rock on which to stand;
And to us He’s ever reach­ing
With a ten­der, lov­ing hand;
He will keep us safe for ev­er
Sheltered by His bound­less love,
Till we en­ter thro’ the por­tals
To the home pre­pared above.