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His promise to me

Darkness may o'ertake me

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [Darkness may o'ertake me and my song forsake me]
Published in 20 hymnals

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Full Text

1. Darkness may o’ertake me
and my song forsake me,
But alone I never shall be;
For the Friend beside me
promised He would guide me,
And will keep His promise to me.

He will keep his promise to me,
All the way with me He will go;
He has never broken any promise spoken;
He will keep His promise, I know.

2. Should misfortune meet me,
friends may fail to greet me,
But if true to Jesus I stay
He will still uphold me,
let His love enfold me
Every dreary mile of the way. [Refrain]

3. How the thought enthralls me,
that whate’er befalls me
One will always love me the same;
Not a trial ever
causes Him to sever
From the ones who honor His name. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2423

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. 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: Darkness may o'ertake me
Title: His promise to me
Author: James Rowe
Refrain First Line: He will keep his promise to me



The Cyber Hymnal #2423
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