He knows, he knows

I know not what awaits me, God kindly veils mine eyes

Author: Mary G. Brainard (1869); Arranger: Philip P. Bliss (1876)
Tune: [I know not what awaits me]
Published in 16 hymnals

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1 I know not what awaits me,
God kindly veils mine eyes,
And o’er each step of my onward way
He makes new scenes to rise;
And every joy He sends me, comes
A sweet and glad surprise.

Refrain:
Where He may lead me I’ll follow,
My trust in Him repose,
And every hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, He knows, He knows;
And every hour in perfect peace
I’ll sing, He knows, He knows.

2 One step I see before me,
’Tis all I need to see,
The light of Heav’n more brightly shines,
When earth’s illusions flee;
And sweetly through the silence, came
His loving “Follow Me.” [Refrain]

3 Oh, blissful lack of wisdom,
’Tis blessed not to know;
He holds me with His own right hand,
And will not let me go,
And lulls my troubled soul to rest
In Him Who loves me so. [Refrain]

4 So on I go not knowing,
I would not if I might;
I’d rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I’d rather walk in faith with Him
Than go alone by sight. [Refrain]

Source: Timeless Truths #1108

Author: Mary G. Brainard

Brainard, Mary G. The hymn "I know not what awaits me" (Confidence and Joy) in the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book 1879; given sometimes as "I know not what shall befall me," is attributed to "Mary G. Brainerd." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Arranger: Philip P. Bliss

Bliss, Philip, b. at Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1838. In 1864 he went to Chicago in the employ of Dr. George F. Root, the musician, where he was engaged in conducting musical Institutes, and in composing Sunday School melodies. Originally a Methodist, he became, about 1871, a choirman of the First Congregational Church, Chicago, and the Superintendent of its Sunday Schools. In 1874 he joined D. W. Whittle in evangelical work. To this cause he gave (although a poor man) the royalty of his Gospel Songs, which was worth some thirty thousand dollars. His death was sudden. It occurred in the railway disaster at Ashtabula, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1876. He had escaped from the car, but lost his life in trying to save his wife. His hymns are n… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I know not what awaits me, God kindly veils mine eyes
Title: He knows, he knows
Author: Mary G. Brainard (1869)
Arranger: Philip P. Bliss (1876)
Meter: 7.6.8.6.8.6.8.6.8.6.8.6
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Where he may lead, I'll follow

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #2288
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Small Church Music #5419
  • PDF Score (PDF)
Timeless Truths #1108

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Small Church Music #5419Audio
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Timeless Truths #1108TextScore
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