Father Holds the Hand

When darkness over all the earth its sable wing has spread

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [When darkness over all the earth its sable wing has spread]
Published in 2 hymnals

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When darkness over all the earth its sable wing has spread
Title: Father Holds the Hand
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lord, give us faith to trust thee, though we may not understand
Notes: To Baby Evangeline Hugg. These words were written by request, and lovingly inscribed to my little daughter, Evangeline, who, since she was two months old, would in the hours of midnight darkness place her little hand in her father's, and sweetly coo herself to sleep. God grant that we may "Enter the kingdom of heaven like a little child."
Copyright: Public Domain



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