His Eye Is on the Sparrow

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1 Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for heav’n and home;
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant Friend is he;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free;
For his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me.

2 “Let not your heart be troubled,”
His tender word I hear,
And resting on his goodness,
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path he leadeth,
But one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me. [Refrain]

3 Whenever I am tempted,
Whenever clouds arise;
When songs give place to sighing,
When hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to him,
From care he sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me. [Refrain]


1 ¿Cómo podré estar triste?
¿Cómo entre sombras ir?
¿Cómo sentirme solo
y en el dolor vivir?
Si Cristo es mi consuelo,
mi amigo siempre fiel,
si aun la aves tienen
seguro asilo en él,
si aun las aves tienen
seguro asilo en él.

¡Feliz, cantando alegre,
yo vivo siempre aquí;
si él cuida de las aves,
cuidará también de mí!

2 "Nunca te desalientes",
oigo al Señor decir:
y en su palabra fiado,
hago al dolor huir.
A Cristo, paso a paso
yo sigo sin cesar,
y todas sus bondades
por siempre me ha de dar,
y todas sus bondades
por siempre me ha de dar. [Estribillo]

3 Siempre que soy tentado,
o si en la prueba estoy,
más cerca de él camino,
y protegido voy;
si en mí la fe desmaya
y sufro de ansiedad,
tan solo él me levanta,
me da seguridad,
tan solo él me levanta,
me da seguridad. [Estribillo]

Source: Santo, Santo, Santo: cantos para el pueblo de Dios = Holy, Holy, Holy: songs for the people of God #322

Author: Civilla D. Martin

Martin, Civilla Durfee (Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia, August 21, 1866--March 9, 1948, Atlanta, Georgia). Daughter of James N. and Irene (Harding) Holden. She married Rev. John F. Geddes, Congregational minister of Coventryvilee, N.Y. at Jordan Falls Methodist Church, Shelbourne Co., Nova Scotia, on May 19, 1891. There is thus far no information about their marriage and its end. After several years of teaching school, she married Walter Stillman Martin, a Baptist minister, and traveled with him in evangelistic work. However, because of frail health, she was compelled to remain home much of the time. In 1916, they became members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They had one son, A.G. Martin. In her writing, she used only her initia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why should I feel discouraged, Why should the shadows come
Title: His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Author: Civilla D. Martin (1905)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I sing because I'm happy
Copyright: Public Domain


First published in Revival Hymns (1905) with the tune by Charles Gabriel.



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