- (Posted 2022-08-27) CPDL #70555:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2022-08-27). Score information: A5, 1 page, 46 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from New Songs of Paradise, 1934. All seven stanzas included.
Title: He'll Take You Through
First Line: Lifetime is like a single day
Composer: Charles Albert Tindley
Lyricist: Charles Albert Tindley
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
First published: 1919
2nd published: 1934 in New Songs of Paradise, Edition 5, no. 43
Original text and translations
1. Lifetime is like a single day,
Through which we mortals make our way,
We move from morning’s youth to noon,
And then to evening – all so soon.
If you take Jesus for your guide,
You’ll find Him more than all beside;
Just do the things He bids you do,
He’ll take you through, He’ll take you through.
2. Before your life is well begun,
The earthly task is almost done;
Your space below – so short, so brief,
Leave not much time for joy or grief.
3. On swiftly speeds this nature-train,
Through tunnels dark, o’er desert plain;
Where trestles span the deep ravine,
Where towering mountain peaks are seen.
4. When through the gloom you have to go,
A howling wilderness of woe,
Where demons lurk and dangers roar,
And threatening clouds above you soar.
5. When lightnings flash across your track,
And nature tries to keep you back,
Within His care you are secure,
Your guide has been this way before.
6. No accident has been His fate,
His train has never come in late,
All signals show the track is clear,
The passengers have naught to fear.
7. A few more stations, and we’ll be
From toil and care and danger free;
O could we render praises due
To Christ, the one who takes us through.