~Hold Thou My Hand
Fanny Crosby wrote:
a number of days before I wrote this hymn, all had seemed dark to me.
That was indeed an unusual experience, for I have always been most
cheerful. So in my human weakness, I cried in prayer, Dear Lord, hold
thou my hand.
at once the sweet peace that comes of perfect assurance resumed to my
heart, and my gratitude for this evidence of answered prayer sang itself
in the lines of the hymn.”
Thou My Hand.
Hold Thou my hand; so weak I am, and helpless,
dare not take one step without Thy aid;
Thou my hand; for then, O loving Saviour,
dread of ill shall make my soul afraid.
Hold Thou my hand, and closer, closer draw me
Thy dear self—my hope, my joy, my all;
Thou my hand, lest haply I should wander,
missing Thee, my trembling feet should fall.
Hold Thou my hand; the way is dark before me
the sunlight of Thy face divine;
when by faith I catch its radiant glory,
heights of joy, what rapturious songs are mine!
Hold Thou my hand, that when I reach the margin
that lone river Thou didst cross for me,
heavenly light may flash along its waters,
ev’ry wave like crystal bright shall be.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.