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Cling to the Bible, my boy

As your journey through life to the grave you pursue

Author: Will S. Hays
Tune: [As your journey through life to the grave you pursue]
Published in 14 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 As your journey thro’ life to the grave you pursue,
There is one thing in earnest I wish you to do;
Oh! Listen, my boy, while I say this to you—
Oh, cling to the Bible, my boy!

Then cling to the Bible, my boy;
Oh, cling to the Bible, my boy;
While living or dying, all else letting go—
Oh, cling to the Bible, my boy.

2 You may meet with misfortunes and sorrows and tears,
You may battle with sin and with Satan for years;
Be a Christian, press on! do not have any fears,
But cling to the Bible, my boy! [Refrain]

3 Put your faith in our Father and you will be strong;
Keep your eye on the cross and you’ll never go wrong;
Sing the sweet song of praise as you journey along,
And cling to the Bible, my boy! [Refrain]

4 Every time that you read it you’ll learn something new
Of Jesus who died on the cross to save you;
To the Lord, to yourself, and to heaven be true,
And cling to the Bible, my boy! [Refrain]

5 ‘Tis the anchor of hope, and the lamp that gives light,
‘Tis the star that will shin e through your life’s darkest night;
If you follow its guidance you’ll always be right—
Oh, cling to the Bible, my boy! [Refrain]

Source: Alexander's Gospel Songs #67

Author: Will S. Hays

William Shakespeare Hays USA 1837-1907. Born in Louisville, KY, he attended colleges in IN, TN, and KY, after which he became a reporter for the “Louisville Democrat” newspaper. He later became a columnist for the “Louisville Courier-Journal” after a stint as a steamboat captain on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. During the Civil War Hays was jailed in New Orleans, LA, for writing songs that supported the Confederate cause. Musically inclined, he wrote about 350 songs. The song “Mollie Darling” (1872) sold a million copies. As with some other hymns, the tune of his popular vaudeville song, “Little old log cabin” was adapted to the new hymn by the lyricist, C W Fry, who wrote “Lily of the valley”. He died in his… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: As your journey through life to the grave you pursue
Title: Cling to the Bible, my boy
Author: Will S. Hays
Refrain First Line: Then cling to the Bible my boy
Publication Date: 1890
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #9271
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The Cyber Hymnal #9271

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