The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.@Deuteronomy 33:27
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Elisha A. Hoffman (1839–1929)

Eli­sha A. Hoff­man, in The Glad Ev­an­gel (Dal­ton, Geor­gia: A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1887). This song was sung in the 1943 mo­vie The Hu­man Com­e­dy, star­ring Mick­ey Roo­ney, which was nom­in­at­ed for Acad­e­my Awards in five cat­e­gor­ies, in­clud­ing Best Pic­ture and Best Ac­tor. Will­iam Sa­roy­an won Best Orig­in­al Sto­ry for the film.

An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter (🔊 pdf nwc). Sho­wal­ter wrote this tune, and words to the ref­rain, af­ter hear­ing from two friends whose wives had died, & asked Hoff­man to write the re­main­ing lyr­ics.

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Anthony J. Showalter (1858–1924)

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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