Scripture Verse

Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.@Psalm 17:8
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William O. Cushing
(1823–1902)

Words: Will­iam O. Cush­ing, in Sac­red Songs No. 1, ed­it­ed by Ira San­key, James Mc­Gran­a­han & George C. Steb­bins (New York: Big­low & Main, 1896), num­ber 5.

Music: Un­der His Wings Ira D. San­key, 1896 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ira D. Sankey
(1840–1908)

As Mr. Moody used to ap­proach the sem­in­ary build­ing at North­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts, to con­duct the morn­ing wor­ship, the young la­dies there would join in the sing­ing of this hymn as he en­tered the room.

It was one of their pop­u­lar hymns, as it was al­so of the Es­tey Quar­tet made up of the lead­ing sing­ers of the sem­in­ary.

The mu­sic of this hymn was among my lat­er com­po­si­tions.

Sankey, p. 292

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.

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Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.

Refrain

Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.

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