1 Trusting on, tho’ clouds may shadow the path we tread;
Praying on, till beams of gladness the sky o’erspread;
Singing on, of love eternal that guides our way;
Smiling on, for Jesus brings us the fadeless day.
Praying on, our Father hears,
Trusting on, His light appears,
Singing on, of wond’rous love;
Working on, that all may know Him, our Friend above.
2 Working on, that sheaves for Jesus be gathered in;
Pressing on, with fresh endeavor, new heights to win;
Singing on, of hopes that brighten, still more and more;
Praying on, to welcome blessings from heaven’s shore. [Refrain]
3 Smiling on, that other pilgrims may join our ranks;
Singing on, that other harp-strings be tuned to thanks;
Praying on, that Christ may conquer the pow’rs of sin;
Praying on, till all His ransomed the vict’ry win. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >