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He Promised to Keep Me

Christ will never fail me, how precious the word

Author: William C. Poole
Tune: [Christ will not fail me! how precious the word]
Published in 6 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Christ will not fail me! how precious the word!
I am secure with my Savior and Lord;
His love faileth never, endureth forever,
And legions of angels shall over me guard.

He promised to keep me, support and defend me
When trials o’ertake and temptations assail;
He promised to guide me, and I am persuaded
His promises never, no, never can fail.

2. Christ will not fail me! a child of His care;
All of my burdens He gladly will share.
He’s ever beside me, no harm can betide me,
For when I most need Him, my Savior is there. [Refrain]

3. Christ will not fail me when tempted by sin;
He felt its power in the struggle to win.
My weakness He knoweth; His love ever showeth,
So sweetly controlling my spirit within. [Refrain]

4. Onward I journey, no need shall I know
But that His goodness and power will bestow;
The while I am clinging, my glad heart is singing,
For Christ is beside me wherever I go. [Refrain]

Author: William C. Poole

William C. Poole was born and raised on a farm in Maryland. His parents belonged to the Methodist church. He graduated from Washington College and became a Methodist minister in Wilmington, Delaware area. He was pastor of McCabe Memorial, Richardson Park and other churches. In 1913 he was superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Delaware. He wrote about five hundred hymns. The writing was done as recreation and a diversion from his pastoral work. His goal in writing as well as in being a minister was to help people. 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: Christ will never fail me, how precious the word
Title: He Promised to Keep Me
Author: William C. Poole
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He promised to keep me, support and defend me
Copyright: Public Domain



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