1 There’s a blessed Book that’s given for the saving of mankind,
All who read its precious pages may a priceless treasure find,
Rarer than the gems which sparkle in the monarch’s beauteous crown
Are the messages of pardon for the souls in sin bowed down.
Blessed Book! be thou our Guide,
We would walk at Jesus’ side;
Teach us how to live each day
As we tread the narrow way.
2 In this Book we read of Jesus who once came to earth to save
Dying souls from sin’s dominion and the terror of the grave;
And our hearts are never weary of the lessons which we learn
As we read the story over, as the sacred leaves we turn. [Refrain]
3 Let us study it with patience, learn to love it more and more,
It will teach us of the Saviour whom our youthful hearts adore,
If we hearken to its counsels, heed its precepts true and pure,
Then our footsteps will not wander from the pathway safe and sure. [Refrain]
C. Louise Bell, also known a Birdie Bell, was born, raised and lived in New York city. She began writing hymns when she was sixteen years old. She is the author of more than 500 hymns, 200 religious poems, and 200 Christmas and Easter lyrics, as well as short stories, and articles. She wrote under the name of Birdie Bell, which is what her family called her.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >