Scripture Verse

The children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings. Psalm 36:7

Introduction

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Jennie F. Willing
(1834–1916)

Words: Jen­nie F. Will­ing, in The Cho­ral Song Book, ed­it­ed by Will­iam M. Law­rence & Fred­er­ic H. Pease (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Rand, Mc­Nal­ly, 1905), page 213.

Music: Carls­bad George A. Mac­far­ren (1813–1887) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George A. MacFarren
(1813–1887)

Lyrics

Starting forth on life’s rough way,
Father, guide them;
Oh! we know not what of harm
May betide them;
’Neath the shadow of Thy wing,
Father, hide them;
Waking, sleeping, Lord, we pray,
Go beside them.

When in prayer they cry to Thee,
Thou wilt hear them;
From the stains of sin and shame
Thou wilt clear them;
’Mid the quicksands and the rock,
Thou wilt steer them;
In temptation, trial, grief,
Be Thou near them.

Unto Thee we give them up—
Lord, receive them;
In the world we know must be
Much to grieve them—
Many striving oft and strong
To deceive them;
Trustful, in Thy hands of love
We must leave them.