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]
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 >