I Will Go, If My Father Holds My Hand

When the pathway of duty seems with danger filled

Author: Charles A. Tindley (1907)
Tune: I will go, if my Father holds my hand
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. When the pathway of duty seems danger fill'd,
And the charms of worldly beauty almost win my feeble will.
While I see the Cross uplifted, and can hear the King's command,
I will go, if my Father holds my hand.

Chorus:
I will go, I will go,
Tho' the mountains are high and the valleys low,
I will go, I will go,
I will go if my Father holds my hand.

2. If my Father holds my hand I can keep the narrow way,
If my Father holds my hand, I can never go astray,
Though oft it is so dark I can hardly find the way,
I will go, if my Father holds my hand.

3. Tho' my strength is weak, by His grace I will seek
To repose like Mary at the Savior's feet;
Then to climb to the heights of the pure delight,
I will go, if my Father holds my hand.

4. When in the vale of sorrow I am call'd to go,
And it seems each tomorrow simply brings another woe.
I am satisfied to follow where He leads, this I know,
I will go, if my Father holds my hand.

5. When the awful waves of Jordan beat upon my soul,
In the icy hands of death my limbs are growing cold
I have nothing then to fear if my Lord is near,
I will go, if my Father holds my hand.

Source: Soul Echoes: A Collection of Songs for Religious Meetings, No. 2 #12

Author: Charles A. Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the pathway of duty seems with danger filled
Title: I Will Go, If My Father Holds My Hand
Original Language: English
Author: Charles A. Tindley (1907)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I will go, I will go
Publication Date: 1909
Copyright: Copyright, 1907, by C.A. Tindley

Notes

First published in Soul Echoes, No. 2 (1909)

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