Scripture Verse

Put your trust in the Lord. Psalm 4:5

Introduction

Words: J. Eg­er­ton Ray­mond, in Fount of Bless­ing, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Sta­ples (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Cen­tral Book Con­cern, 1880), pag­es 110–11.

Music: Xin­ing Ro­bert G. Sta­ples (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ray­mond (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Robert G. Staples
(1833–1891)

Lyrics

Father, I can not see the light,
The way is dreary;
Around me hang the clouds of night,
Shutting all beauty from my sight:
I can not see the path of right—
Father, I’m weary.

I have no one to show the way,
None to uphold me,
For all, with me have gone astray:
I walk alone from day to day,
With no strong, trusting arm to stay,
None to enfold me.

Father, help me in Thee to trust,
For Thou canst guide me,
I know Thy ways, that they are just,
Thou know’st I’m but a child of dust;
And when beset by earthly lust,
My Father, hide me.

Whene’er to Thee for aid I fly,
Oh, be Thou near me!
Look on me with a pitying eye,
A refuge be when danger’s nigh,
And when o’ercome, to Thee I cry,
My Father, hear me.

When ’round me hang the shades of night,
Thou’lt not forsake me;
When earth is fading from my sight,
Let burst a flood of golden light,
From out those gates of glory bright,
And thither take me.