Scripture Verse

My times are in Thy hand. Psalm 31:15


John Ryland (1753–1825)

Words: John Ry­land, Au­gust 1, 1777.

Music: Da Chris­tus ge­bor­en me­lo­dy prob­ab­ly by Jo­hann F. Doles (1715–1797) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you have ac­cess to a bet­ter pic­ture of Doles (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Johann F. Doles (1715–1797)


Sovereign Rul­er of the skies,
Ever gra­cious, ev­er wise!
All our times are in Thy hand—
All ev­ents at Thy com­mand.

Plagues and deaths around me fly;
Till He bids, I can­not die;
Not a sin­gle shaft can hit,
Till the God of love sees fit.

O Thou gra­cious, wise and just,
In Thy hands my life I trust;
Have I some­what dear­er still?
I re­sign it to Thy will.

Thee, at all times, will I bless;
Having Thee, I all pos­sess;
I can ne’er be­reav­èd be,
Since I can­not part with Thee.