Scripture Verse

I…will hold thine hand, and will keep thee. Isaiah 42:6

Introduction

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Emma L. Ashford
(1850–1930)

Words: Me­ta E. B. Thorne, 1899. Ap­peared in The Voice of Me­lo­dy, ed­it­ed by Ed­mund S. Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Lo­renz, 1900), num­ber 66.

Music: Em­ma L. Ash­ford (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Thorne’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Hand in hand with Jesus
I have prayed that I might go,
Whether in the wilderness
Or up the lonely height,
Only that ’mid joy or grief
His tender clasp I know,
And that close to Him I keep
In darkness or in light.

Refrain

Hand in hand with Thee, dear Savior,
Let me go hand in hand.
Guide me thro’ earth’s wilderness,
Safe, safe to glory land.

Hand in hand with Jesus—
Then my feet shall never stray
From the path that leadeth out
Of valleys dark and dim,
Where temptations lie in wait
To turn me from the way;
Safe am I from all assailments
If I walk with Him.

Refrain

Hand in hand with Thee, dear Savior,
Let me walk, I pray;
Hold me fast, lest I should stumble,
Keep me, lest I fall;
Fullest joy and blessing
Theirs who Thy dear hand obey;
Led by Thee death’s shadow, even
Shall not me appall.

Refrain