Scripture Verse

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105


Charles H. Gabriel (1856–1932)

Words: Hen­ry J. Betts, Child­ren’s Ho­san­na 1864.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el, Joy­ful Praise (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Jen­nings & Gra­ham, 1902), num­ber 102 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry J. Betts (1825–1898)


There is a lamp whose stea­dy light
Can guide the tra­vel­er in the night;
’Tis God’s own Word; its beam­ing ray
Can turn a mid­night into day.


Give me this lamp to light my road,
This store­house for my dai­ly food;
Give me this chart for life’s rough sea,
These heal­ing leaves, this heal­ing tree.

There is a chart whose trac­ings show
The on­ward course where tem­pests blow;
’Tis God’s own Word; there, there is found
Direction for the home­ward bound.


There is a tree whose leaves im­part
Health to the bur­dened, con­trite heart;
’Tis God’s own Word; it cures of sin,
And makes the guil­ty cons­cience clean.