661. Why Should I Feel Discouraged? (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 heaven 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.

Refrain:
I sing because I’m happy, (I’m happy)
I sing because I’m free, (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 song gives 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]

Text Information
First Line: Why should I feel discouraged?
Title: Why Should I Feel Discouraged? (His Eye Is on the Sparrow)
Author: Civilla Durfee Martin (1905)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Psalm 27:1; Psalm 37:23-24; Matthew 10:28-30; Luke 12:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7
Topic: Assurance; Guidance; Personal Peace2 more...
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I sing because I'm happy
Tune Information
Name: SPARROW
Composer: Charles H. Gabriel (1905)
Meter: Irregular
Key: c minor or modal


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This hymn based on Jesus’ saying about God’s care for all creatures (Matthew 10:29–30/Luke 12:6–7) began with the refrain’s last line, inspired by a woman who had endured much illness. It was first sung in public at the Royal Albert Hall, London, during evangelistic services in 1905.


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