1. My Savior, ’mid life’s varied scene,
Be Thou my Stay;
Guide me through each perplexing path,
To perfect day.
In weakness and in sin I stand;
Still faith can clasp Thy mighty hand,
And follow at Thy dear command.
2. My Savior, I have naught to bring
Worthy of Thee;
A broken heart Thou will not spurn
Accept of me;
I need Thy righteousness divine,
I plead Thy promises as mine,
I perish if I am not Thine.
3. My Savior, wilt Thou turn away
From such a cry?
My Refuge, wilt Thou me forget
And must I die?
Faith trembles; but her glance of light
Has pierced through regions dark as night
And entered into realms of light.
4. My Savior, ’mid Heaven’s glorious throng
I see Thee there,
Pleading with all Thy matchless love
And tender care;
Not for the angel forms around,
But for lost souls in fetters bound,
That they may hear salvation’s sound.
5. My Savior, thus I find my rest,
Alone with Thee;
Beneath Thy wing I have no fear
Of what may be.
Strengthened with Thy all-glorious might,
I shall be conqueror in the fight,
Then give to Thee my crown of light.
Godwin, Elizabeth Ayton, née Etheridge, daugher of William Ellis Etheridge, was born at Thorpe Hamlet, Norfolk, July 4, 1817; married in 1849 to Mr. C. Godwin, and died at Stoke Bishop in 1889. She published Songs for the Weary, 1865; and Songs amidst Daily Life. Her hymn in common use is "My Saviour, 'mid life's varied scene" (Lent), written whilst yet a girl, and first printed in the Evangelical Magazine, and then in Songs for the Weary, 1873.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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Display Title: My Savior, 'Mid Life's Varied SceneFirst Line: My Savior, 'mid life's varied sceneTune Title: WILLERBYAuthor: Elizabeth A. Godwin, 1817-1889Meter: 84.84.888Source: First published in the Evangelical Magazine, then in the 1873 edition of her Songs for the Weary