1. I cannot drift beyond Thy love,
Beyond Thy tender care;
Where’er I stray, still from above
Thine eye beholds me there.
I cannot drift so far away
But what Thy love divine
Upon my path, by night and day,
In mercy sweet doth shine.
2. I cannot drift beyond Thy sight:
Dear Lord, the thought is sweet;
Thy loving hand will guide aright
My weary, wandering feet.
When rough and dark my lonely way,
I shall not be forgot;
Thro’ all life’s changeful, shadowed day
Thou wilt forsake me not.
3. I cannot drift away from Thee,
No matter where I go;
Still Thy dear love doth gladden me,
Thou all my way dost know.
Where’er I journey Thou art there,
In wind and wave I hear
Thy voice, in tones of music rare,
And know that Thou art near.
Ida Lilliard Reed, 1865-1951
Born: November 30, 1865, near Arden, Barbour County, West Virginia.
Died: July 8, 1951, Arden, West Virginia.
Buried: Ebenezer Methodist Church, Arden, West Virginia.
Reed is said to have written 2,000 hymns in her lifetime. In 1939, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers recognized her "substantial contribution to American music" by awarding her a small "weekly bonus."
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Display Title: I Cannot Drift Beyond Thy LoveFirst Line: I cannot drift beyond Thy loveTune Title: LILLIARDAuthor: Ida L. ReedMeter: CMDSource: Crown of Gold, by William T. Giffe & Frank M. Davis (Logansport, Indiana: Home Music Company, 1892)