Hymn History:  Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Thomas A. Dorsey, often called the Father of Gospel Music (1899- 1993),  wrote this song in Chicago, Illinois, after his wife Nettie died while giving birth to a child (who also died shortly thereafter).


Dor­sey sang the song for his friend,  Gospel

singer  Theodore  Frye,  and  Frye’s  choir

sang  it  the  next  Sunday  at  the Ebenezer

Baptist   Church.   Dorsey   died   of

Alzheimer's disease on January 23, 1993.

But his testimony lives on each Sunday

as voices rise in praise, singing the gospel across the land

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  • The Lyrics:  Precious Lord, Take My Hand

​​Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:

Refrain
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.
When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:

Refrain
When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:

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