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My Father Watches Over Me

I trust in God wherever I may be

Author: W. C. Martin
Tune: [I trust in God wherever I may be]
Published in 40 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 I trust in God wherever I may be,
Upon the land or on the rolling sea;
For come what may, from day to day,
My heav'nly Father watches over me.

I trust in God, I know he cares for me,
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, he keeps my soul,
My heav'nly Father watches over me.

2 He makes the rose an object of his care,
He guides the eagle through the pathless air;
And surely he remembers me,
My heav'nly Father watches over me. [Refrain]

3 I trust in God, for, in the lion's den,
On battlefield, or in the prison pen;
Through praise or blame, through flood or flame,
My heav'nly Father watches over me. [Refrain]

4 The valley may be dark, the shadows deep,
But oh, the shepherd guards his lonely sheep;
And through the gloom, he'll lead me home,
My heav'nly Father watches over me. [Refrain]

Source: Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #579

Author: W. C. Martin

Rv William Clark Martin USA 1864-1914. Born at Hightstown, NJ, he graduated from the Peddie Institute in Hightstown in 1884, and in 1891 from the Crozer Theological Seminary, Upland, PA. He became minister of the Grace Baptist Church, Camden, NJ,(1891-1894); Noank Baptist Church, Noank, CT (1894-1900); Tabernacle Baptist Church, New Albany, IN (1902-1904); First Baptist Church, Seymour, IN (1902-1904); First Baptist Church, Bluffton, IN (1904-1909); Grace Baptist Church, Somerville, MA (1909-1912); and First Baptist Church, Fort Myers, FL (1912-1914). In 1891 he married Euretta (Etta) May Wilcox, and they had at least three children (no names found). He penned many hymn lyrics. He died of heart failure at his farm in Rialto, FL.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I trust in God wherever I may be
Title: My Father Watches Over Me
Author: W. C. Martin
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I trust in God, I know He cares for me
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #4405
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African American Heritage Hymnal #144

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #453

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #579

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Lift Every Voice and Sing II #59


Songs of Zion #69


The Cyber Hymnal #4405

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #53


Total Praise #125

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Yes, Lord! #139

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