1 A word from my Father I need, day by day,
A word that will guide me on life’s chequered way;
A word that will help me when trials appear,
And shed thro’ the darkness the sunbeams of cheer.
A word from my Father today,
A word from my Father today;
A word from my Father will brighten the way;
Oh, help me, dear Savior, to heed and obey.
2 A word from my Father, in morning’s still hour;
For life’s waiting duties to gird me with pow’r;
A word when the shadows of evening draw nigh,
To bear me the comfort that breathes from on high. [Refrain]
3 A word from my Father! it hushes my fears,
And gives me a rainbow amid falling tear;
It leads me to vict’ry, when foes ‘round me throng,
And tells me of mansions of beauty and song. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >