Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him.@Matthew 14:31

Myron W. Morse, in Joyful Sound, edited by John R. Sweney & William J. Kirkpatrick (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1889), number 72.

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John R. Sweney (1837-1899)

There’s a hand held out in pity,
There’s a hand held out in love;
It will pilot to the city,
Where our Father dwells above.

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There’s a hand held out to you,
There’s a hand held out to me,
There’s a hand that will prove true,
Whatever our lot shall be.

Oh, how gently will it lead us!
Oh, how tender is its touch!
’Tis the blessèd hand of Jesus;
We all need it, oh, so much!

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Yes, ’tis love to me, a sinner,
Prompts this hand to reach so low,
Striving thus to be the winner,
Ere I reap what I shall sow.

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Shall I, to this hand extended,
Pay no heed as it invites?
Shall my Savior be offended,
Give I not to Him His rights?

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Nay, I would this proffered hand take,
Knowing that it leads aright;
Yes, I would this loving choice make;
Trusting in His love and might.

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Then, as hand in hand together,
With my Savior, with my friend,
With my Christ, my elder brother,
Let Him lead till life shall end.

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