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The Touch of His Tender Hand

Far away in a land that is darker than night

Author: Clara McAlister Brooks (1918)
Tune: [Far away in a land that is darker than night]
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Far away in a land that is darker than night,
With never a star in the sky,
In the isles of the sea for a Savior they wait—
For the touch of His hand they sigh.

For the touch of His hand,
For the touch of His hand,
They wait in the isles of the rolling sea
For the touch of His tender hand.

2 Unloved and uncherished they sink into woe
For comfort your hands could bestow;
O Savior, Thy heart must be breaking with grief,
Still calling for reapers to go. [Refrain]

3 The Daystar is shedding His beautiful rays
That each may be warmed and be blest;
Yet millions now perish from cold winter’s blast,
And die without comfort or rest. [Refrain]

4 The Hand that brought life to the lone widow’s son,
And healing in dear Galilee—
For its life-giving touch they are calling afar,
They are calling to you and to me. [Refrain]

Source: Timeless Truths #356

Author: Clara McAlister Brooks

Birth: Oct. 9, 1882, Parke County, Indiana, USA Death: Mar. 20, 1980, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA Clara McAlister Brooks was one of our early songwriters and four of her pieces are in the current hymnal. From the earliest days of the movement we have had women prominent in all forms of our ministry—missionaries, evangelists, teachers, pastors, and God has honored their sacrificial labors. For that reason we can stand in amazement when here, in the 1970s, such old-line denominations as the Episcopal church are being racked with controversy over whether the ordination of women is permissible. But before we gather Pharisaic robes about ourselves, perhaps we need to look candidly at the way in which we, too, succumbed to so… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Far away in a land that is darker than night
Title: The Touch of His Tender Hand
Author: Clara McAlister Brooks (1918)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: For the touch of his hand
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #10878
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

The Cyber Hymnal #10878


Timeless Truths #356

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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