All the Way My Savior Leads Me

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"All the Way My Savior Leads Me"
Song
Published 1875
Songwriter(s) Fanny J. Crosby
Composer(s) Dr. Robert Lowry

"All the Way My Savior Leads Me" is a Christian hymn with lyrics written in 1875 by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) to a tune written by the Baptist minister Dr. Robert Lowry.

History[edit]

In her autobiography, Crosby wrote that this was her first hymn to be set to music by Lowry.[1] The hymn was first published in Brightest and best : a choice collection of new songs, duets, choruses, invocation and benediction hymns for the Sunday school and meetings of prayer and praise (edited by Dr. Lowry and W. Howard Doane) in 1875 by the New York publisher Biglow & Main. The syllabic meter is 8.7.8.7.D.

A frequently told story about this hymn relates that it came to Fanny as a result of a prayer. Struggling financially, she desperately needed some money. As her usual custom, Fanny began to pray. A few minutes later, a gentleman offered her five dollars, the exact amount she needed. Later recalling the incident, she said, "I have no way of accounting for this except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money." The poem she wrote afterward became "All The Way My Savior Leads Me".[2]

Popularity[edit]

The song is considered one of Crosby's best known hymns.[3][4] It has been included in over 250 hymnals, including a quarter of those produced since 1970.[5]

Song[edit]

vs.1
All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.
vs.2
All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread;
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.
vs.3
All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages—
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages—
Jesus led me all the way.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fanny J. Crosby, Fanny J. Crosby: An Autobiography (Hendrickson Publisher, 2008), ISBN 978-1598562811, p. 129. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  2. ^ Kenneth W. Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories (Kregel Publications, 1982), ISBN 978-0825493270, p. 26. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ Robert J. Morgan, "All the Way My Savior Leads Me" in Near to the Heart of God: Meditations on 366 Best-Loved Hymns (Revell Publishing, 2010), ISBN 978-0800733957, p. 44. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  4. ^ Timothy L. Hall, American Religious Leaders (Infobase Publishing, 2003), ISBN 978-1438108063, p. 86. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  5. ^ "All the Way My Savior Leads Me". Hymnary.org. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 

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