Scripture Verse

He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Psalm 121:3


Words: John A. Wall­ace (1802–1870). Note: Ju­lian, p. 1713, re­tracts his state­ment on page 1197 that the au­thor was James Cow­den Wall­ace.

Music: North­repps Jo­si­ah Booth, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Wall­ace (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Josiah Booth


There is an eye that never sleeps
Beneath the wing of night;
There is an ear that never shuts
When sink the beams of light.

There is an arm that never tires
When human strength gives way;
There is a love that never fails
When earthly loves decay.

That eye is fixed on seraph throngs;
That arm upholds the sky;
That ear is filled with angel songs;
That love is throned on high.

But there’s a power which man can wield
When mortal aid is vain,
That eye, that arm, that love to reach,
That listening ear to gain.

That power is prayer, which soars on high,
Through Jesus, to the throne,
And moves the hand which moves the world,
To bring salvation down.