1 Have you read the blessed letter from our Father up above
To his children who are still one earth below?
Have you heard the tender message of his never failing love,
That the smallest and the weakest ones may know.
Have you read the blessed letter?
‘Tis a loving Father’s thought;
Heart to heart he’s talking to you,
Do you prize it as you ought?
2 Have you read it in the silence so your heart could take it in?
Dwelling gladly on each promise day by day,
With a simple faith and child-like trusting ever in his word,
As you journey on the world’s alluring way. [Refrain]
3 Have you read the blessed letter till you see the Father’s love
Shining sweetly in the lines your fingers trace?
Treasure well each sacred message, it will bind your soul to him
Till you see him up in heaven face to face. [Refrain]
Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns.
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 >