My Father Knows What's Best

Around me and within

Author: Thoro Harris
Tune: [Around me and within]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Around me and within,
I see the fruit of sin—
The world’s sad heart, it throbs with vague unrest;
But when I look above
To God’s dear face of love,
How sweet to feel my Father knows what’s best!

My Father knows what’s best;
How can I be distrest?
He holds me in the hollow of His hand;
He shields my soul from harm,
From danger and alarm:
I yield myself to His command.

2 When clouds o’erhand my way
And hide the light of day,
When trials throng my spirit to molest,
I look to God in pray’r,
And leave life’s burdens there,
And sing, my Father knows just what is best. [Refrain]

3 My Father loves His own;
And soon before the throne
I’ll taste the joy of His eternal rest;
There will I praise His name,
And all the love proclaim
Of Him who knew just what for me was best. [Refrain]

4 O soul, whoe’er thou art,
With anxious, longing heart!
Be all thy sin and grief to God confest;
Accept his saving grace,
Behold his smiling face,
And trust the One who knows just what is best. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Summerland #196

Author: Thoro Harris

Born: March 31, 1874, Washington, DC. Died: March 27, 1955, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Buried: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After attending college in Battle Creek, Michigan, Harris produced his first hymnal in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1902. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois at the invitation of Peter Bilhorn, and in 1932, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He composed and compiled a number of works, and was well known locally as he walked around with a canvas bag full of handbooks for sale. His works include: Light and Life Songs, with William Olmstead & William Kirkpatrick (Chicago, Illinois: S. K. J. Chesbro, 1904) Little Branches, with George J. Meyer & Howard E. Smith (Chicago, Illi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Around me and within
Title: My Father Knows What's Best
Author: Thoro Harris
Language: English
Refrain First Line: My Father knows what's best
Publication Date: 1943
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1943.


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