Scripture Verse

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105


Charles H. Gabriel

Words: Hen­ry J. Betts, Child­ren’s Ho­san­na 1864.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el, Joy­ful Praise (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Jen­nings & Gra­ham, 1902), num­ber 102 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Henry J. Betts


There is a lamp whose steady light
Can guide the traveler in the night;
’Tis God’s own Word; its beaming ray
Can turn a midnight into day.


Give me this lamp to light my road,
This storehouse for my daily food;
Give me this chart for life’s rough sea,
These healing leaves, this healing tree.

There is a chart whose tracings show
The onward course where tempests blow;
’Tis God’s own Word; there, there is found
Direction for the homeward bound.


There is a tree whose leaves impart
Health to the burdened, contrite heart;
’Tis God’s own Word; it cures of sin,
And makes the guilty conscience clean.