Scripture Verse

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. Psalm 119:111


Words: Will­iam M. Whit­te­more, 1839.

Music: An­tal­ya, at­trib­ut­ed to J. A. An­thes (1749–1842) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know An­thes’ full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Whit­te­more (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


We won’t give up the Bi­ble—
God’s ho­ly book of truth;
The bless­èd staff of hoa­ry age,
The guide of ear­ly youth;
The lamp that sheds a glo­ri­ous light
O’er ev­ery drea­ry road;
The voice that speaks a Sav­ior’s love,
And calls us back to God.

We won’t give up the Bi­ble,
For plea­sure or for pain;
We’ll buy the truth, and sell it not
For all that we might gain;
Though man should try to take our prize,
By guile or cru­el might,
We’ll suf­fer all that men can do,
And God de­fend the right!

We won’t give up the Bi­ble,
But spread it far and wide,
Until its sav­ing voice be heard
Beyond the roll­ing tide—
Till all shall feel its pre­cious pow­er:
While we, with voice and heart,
Resolve that from God’s sac­red Word
We’ll ne­ver, ne­ver part!