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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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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:
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:
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:
WE ARE READY TO HELP!