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Take hold, hold on

O turn not back in the Christian race

Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Tune: [O, turn not back in the Christian race]
Published in 5 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 O, turn not back in the Christian race
Till the prize is won we know;
Reach up to Christ for abounding grace,
Take hold and never let go!

Take hold, hold on,
Hold fast and never let go!
No matter how the wind in the tempest may blow,
Take hold and never let go!

2 O, turn not back on life’s battle-field,
Tho’ the world’s a mighty foe,
God’s arms are round thee as a shield,
Take hold and never let go! [Refrain]

3 Truth’s anchor firmly, surely clasp,
As the billows near thee flow,
God’s hand will close o’er thy feeble grasp,
Take hold and never let go! [Refrain]

4 Though danger threatens or death alarms,
In each rising flood of woe,
Still cling to God’s everlasting arms,
Take hold and never let go! [Refrain]

Source: Melodious Sonnets #76

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O turn not back in the Christian race
Title: Take hold, hold on
Author: Priscilla J. Owens



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Gospel Tent Hymns #d137
Melodious Sonnets #76TextAudioPage Scan
Temple Themes and Sacred Songs #s84Page Scan
Temple Trio: comprising "On Joyful Wing", "Melodious Sonnets" and "Precious Hymns" #258Page Scan
The Royal Fountain No.4: sacred songs and hymns for use in Sabbath-school or prayer meeting #52Page Scan
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