Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Words: Fanny Crosby, in Gospel Hymns No. 5, edited by Ira Sankey, James McGranahan & George C. Stebbins (New York; Chicago, Illinois & Cincinnati, Ohio: John Church and Biglow & Main, 1887), number 75. Some hymnals show the lyricist as Rian A. Dykes or Alice Montieth, two of Fanny’s pseudonyms.
I must walk thro’ the valley and the shadow,
But I’ll journey in a loving Savior’s care;
He hath said He will never, never leave me,
With His staff He will comfort me there.
Thro’ the valley, thro’ the valley,
Thro’ the valley and the shadow I must go;
But the dark waves of Jordan will not harm me,
There is peace in the valley, I know.
When I walk thro’ the valley and the shadow,
All the weary days of toiling will be o’er;
For the strong arms of Jesus will enfold me,
And with Him I shall sorrow no more.
Tho’ I walk thro’ the valley and the shadow,
Yet the glory of the dawning I shall see;
I shall join in the anthems over Jordan,
Where the loved ones are waiting for me.
I shall walk thro’ the valley and the shadow,
I shall follow where my Lord has gone before;
Thro’ the mists of the valley He will lead me,
Till I rest on the evergreen shore.