1 Be a helper in life’s journey;
Let your sympathy
In the joys, the ills of others
True and heart-felt be;
Oh, the word, the look of comfort,
For the falling tear;
Oh, the ready smile for gladness,
How they soothe and cheer.
Be a helper, willing helper,
Be a helper ev’ry day and ev’rywhere;
Seek God’s blessing, seek God’s blessing,
Then let others in your blessing share.
2 Be a helper in life’s journey;
If your sight be dim,
Ask the Master to direct you
In your work for him;
By his side so closely keeping,
Walking not alone,
Thou canst give a hand to others
When he holds your own. [Refrain]
3 Be a helper in life’s journey,
Tho’ in simple ways,
Trifles show the loving Spirit,
speak the Master’s praise;
Drawing ever from the fulness
Of his heart of love,
Giving, to your own enriching,
Treasures from above. [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 >