1 All my life long have my steps been attended
Surely by One who regarded my ways;
Tenderly watched over, sweetly befriended,
Blessings have followed my nights and my days.
Tears have been quenched in the sunshine of gladness,
Anthems of sorrow been turned into song;
Angels have brightened the pathway of sadness,
Summer and winter, yea, all my life long.
2 All in the dark would I be, and uncertain
Whither to go, but for One at my side,
Who from the future removes the dim curtain,
Seeing the glory to mortals denied.
No other friend would so patiently lead me,
No other friend prove so faithful and strong;
With angels’ food He has promised to feed me,
Who has befriended me all my life long.
3 He will not weary of my poor endurance,
Infinite love will the finite outlast;
But for my heavenly Father’s assurance,
Into the depths of despair I were cast.
This is my star in a midnight of sorrow;
This is my refuge, my strength and my song.
Earth is today, but there’s heaven tomorrow;
Jesus will guide me thro’ all my life long.
Josephine Pollard USA 1834-1892. Born at NYC, NY, one of seven children and daughter of an architect, she attended an exclusive girls school, Spingler Institute, and was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a founding member of the professional women’s club, Sorosis. She never married. She became an author, poet, and hymnist, writing many children’s books and for children’s magazines, including Harper’s, Scribner’s, and the New York Ledger. She wrote 44 books, mostly religious, for children, but also about history, birds, sports and games, and adventure stories. She also wrote 100+ hymn lyrics as well. She worked as an editor for the Sunday School Times and for the Methodist Book Concern, where she edited… Go to person page >