1 My times are in thy hand;
my God, I wish them there;
my life, my friends, my soul, I leave
entirely to thy care.
2 My times are in thy hand,
whatever they may be;
pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
as best may seem to thee.
3 My times are in thy hand;
why should I doubt or fear?
My Father's hand will never cause
his child a needless tear.
4 My times are in thy hand,
Jesus the Crucified;
those hands my cruel sins had pierced
are now my guard and guide.
Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #684
|First Line:||My times are in thy hand, My God I wish them there|
|Title:||My Times Are in Thy Hand|
|Author:||W. F. Lloyd (1824)|
Our times are in Thy hand, Father, we wish them there. W. F. Lloyd. [Resignation.] The opening stanza of this hymn is:--
”Our times are in Thy hand,
Father, we wish them there;
Our life, our soul, our all, we leave
Entirely to Thy care.”
This hymn appeared in Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1841, No. 257, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, each stanza opening with the same first line. This was repeated in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, London, D. Walther, 1842, Pt. i., No. 64; and again in A few Hymns and Some Spiritual Songs selected 1856 for the Little Flock, No. 209. In Spurgeon’s Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, the text is slightly altered. Spurgeon’s date, “1835” we can not authenticate.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
My times are in Thy hand, p. 681, i. 3. This hymn first appeared in vol. i. of The Tract Magazine (R.T.S.), March, 1824, p. 32, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled "My times are in Thy hand. Psalm xxxi. 15," and signed "Spes." Mr Lloyd, the author, was at that time an official of the R.T.S. The original text reads as in the The Church Hymnary (Scottish), 1898, No. 288, with st. iv., 11. 3-4, "Those hands," &c, " Are now," &c, to which must be added st. v., which is omitted in almost every collection:—
"My times are in Thy hand,
Jesus, my Advocate;
Nor shall Thine hand be stretch'd in vain
For me to supplicate."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)