Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.@Matthew 26:41
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Joseph Resists Potiphar’s Wife

Horatio R. Palmer, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Horatio R. Palmer (1834-1907)

This song was an inspiration. I was at work on the dry subject of ‘Theory,’ when the complete idea flashed upon me, and I laid aside the theoretical work and hurriedly penned both words and music as fast as I could write them. I submitted them to the criticism of a friend afterward, and some changes were made in the third stanza, but the first two are exactly as they came to me—I am reverently thankful it has been a power for good.

Sankey, p. 313


This gospel hymn…is said to have quelled a prison riot in Sing Sing [New York]. According to the story, a lady was visiting the women’s department one Sunday afternoon. (At one time Sing Sing housed women prisoners as well as men.) The inmates were allowed to sit in the corridor and hear her talk, and sing hymns with her. A matron gave an order which the women rebelled against, and a terrible uprising filled with screams, threats, ribaldry and profane curses filled the Sabbath air. It was well known that a revolt by the women prisoners was more difficult to contain than a revolt by the men. The matron, in desperation, sent to the men’s department for help. Suddenly a clear, strong voice rose above the clamor and crying of the rebellious prisoners. Yield not to temptation, For yielding is sin; Each victory will help you Some other to win. Fight manfully onward, Dark passions subdue; Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through! A hush stilled the riot. One by one the inmates joined in the song until as one they formed a line and marched quietly back to their cells.

Stuber, p. 512

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each victory will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain

Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true,
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain

To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown;
Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;
He who is our Savior our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

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