Scripture Verse

He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11

Introduction

Words: Jane Tay­lor, Hymns for In­fant Minds 1809.

Music: St. Le­on­ard (Smart) Hen­ry T. Smart, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Eardisley, tra­di­tion­al tune, in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 601 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Tay­lor (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Henry T. Smart
(1813–1879)

Lyrics

Lord, I would own Thy tender care,
And all Thy love to me;
The food I eat, the clothes I wear,
Are all bestowed by Thee.

’Tis Thou preservest me from death
And dangers every hour;
I cannot draw another breath
Unless Thou give me power.

Kind angels guard me every night,
As round my bed they stay:
Nor am I absent from Thy sight
In darkness or by day.

My health, and friends, and parents dear,
To me by God are giv’n;
I have not any blessing here
But what is sent from Heav’n.

Such goodness, Lord, and constant care,
I never can repay;
But may it be my daily prayer,
To love Thee and obey.