Hymn #13: There Is a Safe and Secret Place

This is another text by Henry Francis Lyte.  You can read more about Lyte from my earlier post of “Praise My Soul The King of Heaven”.  He also wrote “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”, which you may know.  I kept this arrangement very simple– it seemed to fit the text, which is all about a place of refuge and rest.  My favorite line may be in the third stanza: “O child of God, O glory’s heir, how rich a lot is thine.”

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There Is a Safe and Secret Place

(listen | lead sheet)

1 There is a safe and secret place,
Beneath the wings Divine,
Reserved for all the heirs of grace;
O be that refuge mine!

2 The least and feeblest there may bide,
Uninjured and unawed;
While thousands fall on every side
He rests secure in God.

3 He feeds in pastures, large and fair,
Of love and truth Divine;
O child of God, O glory’s heir,
How rich a lot is thine.

4 A hand almighty to defend,
An ear for every call,
An honored life, a peaceful end,
And heaven to crown it all!

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2 Responses to Hymn #13: There Is a Safe and Secret Place

  1. Jonas Davison says:

    really liked this one, mvp.

  2. Anthony James says:

    Hey Michael,

    Great stuff. I was online at Hope checking out some stuff and visited your blog again. From a historian’s perspective, you blog is a great project.

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