Be With Me, Lord

Representative Text

1 Be with me, Lord, I cannot live without Thee,
I dare not try to take one step alone,
I cannot bear the loads of life, unaided,
I need Thy strength to lean myself upon.

2 Be with me, Lord, and then if dangers threaten,
If storms of trial burst above my head,
If lashing seas leap ev'rywhere about me,
They cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.

3 Be with me, Lord! No other gift or blessing
Thou couldst bestow could with this one compare--
A constant sense of Thy abiding presence,
Where'er I am, to feel that Thou art near.

4 Be with me, Lord, when loneliness o'er takes me,
When I must weep amid the first of pain,
And when shall come the hour of "my departure"
For "worlds unknown," O Lord, be with me then.

Source: Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #579

Author: Thomas O. Chisholm

Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent ona farm and in teaching district schools. He spent five years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the "Pentecostal Hearld" or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Be with me, Lord, I cannot live without Thee
Title: Be With Me, Lord
Author: Thomas O. Chisholm



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #579

Redeeming Love #170

Sacred Selections for the Church #27

Include 7 pre-1979 instances
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