Hold My Hand, Dear Savior

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1. Hold my hand, dear Savior,
All the pilgrim way,
For to Thee, the darkness
Shineth as the day;
When the clouds above me
Hide the sunny blue,
Let Thy light, pure and unfailing,
Brighten to my view.

Hark! I hear a precious promise,
Like a burst of music grand!
“Fear thee not: I have redeemed thee,
I will hold thee by the hand.”

2. Hold my hand, dear Savior,
Foes my path surround;
In the hour of trial,
Make Thy grace abound;
While the battle rages,
Be my strength and shield;
Be Thy tender love more clearly
To my heart revealed. [CHORUS]

3. Hold my hand, dear Savior,
Keep me by Thy side;
In the steps of duty,
Be my gentle Guide;
Help me in Thy service,
Winning souls for Thee,
Till in heaven’s fadeless glory,
I Thy face shall see. [CHORUS]

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hold my hand dear Savior
Title: Hold My Hand, Dear Savior
Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Hark, I hear a precious promise
Copyright: Public Domain


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