I Journey Through a Desert

Representative Text

1 I journey through a desert drear and wild,
Yet is my heart by such sweet thoughts beguiled,
Of Him on whom I lean, my strength, my stay,
I can forget the sorrows of the day.

2 Thoughts of His love the root of every grace
Which finds in this poor heart a dwelling place;
The sunshine of my soul, than day more bright,
And my calm pillow of repose by night.

3 Thoughts of His sojourn in this vale of tears,
The tale of love unfolded in those years
Of sinless suffering and patient grace,
I love again and yet again to trace.

4 Thoughts of His coming,—for that joyful day
In patient hope I watch, and wait, and pray;
The dawn draws nigh, the midnight shadows flee,
Oh, what a sunrise will that advent be!

Source: Choice Hymns of the Faith #256

Author: Mary Jane Deck Walker

Walker, Mary Jane, née Deck, daughter of Mr. John Deck, and sister of J. G. Deck, was married in 1848 to Dr. Walker, for sometime Rector of Cheltenham, and editor of Psalms & Hymns for Public and Social Worship, 1855. Several of her hymns appeared as leaflets; others in her husband's Psalms & Hymns, 1855. In that Collection bear her signature "M. J. W." These are:— 1. He came, Whose embassy was peace. Passiontide. 2. I journey through a desert drear and wild. The Journey of Life . 3. Jesus, I will trust Thee, trust Thee with my soul. Trust in Jesus. 4. Lord, Thou didst love Jerusalem. Mission to the Jews. 5. 0 God, our Saviour, from Thy birth. Passiontide. 6. 0 joyful tidings let us sing. Sunday School Anniversar… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I journey through a desert drear and wild
Title: I Journey Through a Desert
Author: Mary Jane Deck Walker
Copyright: Public Domain



According to some sources, William H. Monk (PHH 332) wrote EVENTIDE for Lyte's text in ten minutes. As the story goes, Monk was attending a hymnal committee meeting for the 1861 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern of which he was music editor. Realizing that this text had no tune, Monk sat down at t…

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