Scripture Verse

He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10

Introduction

Words: Em­ma E. Good­rich, in Fount of Bless­ing, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Sta­ples (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Cen­tral Book Con­cern, 1880), page 90.

Music: He­bei Ro­bert G. Sta­ples, 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Good­rich’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Robert G. Staples (1833–1891)

Lyrics

I know not—the way is so mis­ty—
The joys or the griefs it shall bring,
What clouds are o’er­hang­ing the future,
What flow’rs by the road­side shall spring;
But there’s One who will jour­ney beside me,
Nor in weal nor in woe will for­sake;
And this is my so­lace and com­fort—
He know­eth the way that I take.

I stand where the two ways are meet­ing,
And know not the right from the wrong;
No beck­on­ing fin­gers di­rect me,
No wel­come floats to me in song;
But my guide will soon give me a to­ken,
By wil­der­ness, moun­tain or lake;
Whatever the dark­ness about me,
He know­eth the way that I take.

And I know that the way lead­eth home­ward
To the land of the pure and the blest,
To the coun­try of ev­er fair sum­mer,
To the ci­ty of peace and of rest;
And there shall be heal­ing for sick­ness,
And foun­tains, life’s fe­ver to slake;
What mat­ters be­side? I go heav’n­ward,
He know­eth the way that I take.