In The Shade Of His Wings

In God I have found a retreatm Where I can securely reside (Adams)

Author: James Nicholson; Adapter: Richard W. Adams (2020)
Tune: CONTRAST (German)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 In God I have found a retreat
Where I can securely reside;
No refuge, nor rest so complete,
And here may I always abide.

Oh, precious the comfort it brings,
And sweet is my song as it rings;
No danger or harm do I fear,
Secure in the shade of His wings.

2 I dread not the terror by night,
Nor arrow that flies in the day;
His shadow has covered my head,
My fears He has driven away. [Refrain]

3 The pestilence stalking about,
When darkness has settled abroad,
Can never persuade me to doubt
The presence and power of God. [Refrain]

4 The wasting destruction at noon,
No fearful foreboding can bring;
With Jesus, my soul does commune,
His perfect salvation I sing. [Refrain]

5 A thousand may fall at my side,
Ten thousand may die in the land;
Above me His wings are spread wide,
Beneath them in safety I stand. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12612

Author: James Nicholson

James L Nicholson United Kingdom/USA 1828-1876. Born in Ireland, he emigrated to the United States around age 25. He lived in Philadelphia, PA, worked as a postal clerk, and was a member of the Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church there for about 20 years, where he taught Sunday school, led singing in church, and assisted in evangelical work. This was also hymn writer, William J Kirkpatrick’s, church. Around 1871 he moved to Washington, DC, and worked as a postal clerk there. In addition to his hymn writing, he also wrote several books, one on birds and their care, one on forensic medicine. He died in Washington, DC, but was buried in Philadelphia, PA. John Perry… Go to person page >

Adapter: Richard W. Adams

Born: 1952, Mis­souri. Adams grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mis­sou­ri, Co­lum­bia (BA 1974, cum laude, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa). Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: In God I have found a retreatm Where I can securely reside (Adams)
Title: In The Shade Of His Wings
Author: James Nicholson
Adapter: Richard W. Adams (2020)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O precious the comfort it brings
Notes: I wrote this ar­range­ment dur­ing the co­ro­na­vir­us pan­de­mic. I had just fin­ished watch­ing our church’s Palm Sun­day ser­vice. The ser­vice was broad­cast by stream­ing vi­deo ov­er the In­ter­net (since we weren’t sup­posed to ga­ther in groups of more than 10 people). Dick Adams
Copyright: Public Domain



The tune most commonly known as CONTRAST is a German folk tune. In American shape-note tradition the tune is known as GREEN FIELDS or GREENFIELDS. J. S. Bach quoted it in his "Peasant Cantata," but he did not compose it. It has also been misattributed to Maria DeFleury and to Lewis Edson. Edson wrot…

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