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

Representative 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!

Refrain:
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

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Gospel Tent Hymns #d137

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Melodious Sonnets #76

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Temple Themes and Sacred Songs #s84

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Temple Trio: comprising "On Joyful Wing", "Melodious Sonnets" and "Precious Hymns" #258

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