Sunday, February 04, 2018

I Could Not Do Without Thee

The following hymn was written by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879).

1. I could not do without Thee
O Savior of the lost,
Whose precious blood redeemed me
At such tremendous cost.
Thy righteousness, thy pardon
Thy precious blood, must be
My only hope and comfort,
My glory and my plea.

2. I could not do without Thee,
I cannot stand alone,
I have no strength or goodness,
No wisdom of my own;
But Thou, beloved Savior,
Art all in all to me,
And weakness will be power
If leaning hard on Thee.

3. I could not do without Thee,
For, oh, the way is long,
And I am often weary,
And sigh replaces song:
How could I do without Thee?
I do not know the way;
Thou knowest, and Thou leadest,
And wilt not let me stray.

4. I could not do without Thee,
O Jesus, Savior dear;
E’en when my eyes are holden,
I know that Thou art near.
How dreary and how lonely
This changeful life would be,
Without the sweet communion,
The secret rest with Thee!

5. I could not do without Thee;
No other friend can read
The spirit’s strange deep longings,
Interpreting its need;
No human heart could enter
Each dim recess of mine,
And soothe, and hush, and calm it,
O blessèd Lord, but Thine.

6. I could not do without Thee,
For years are fleeting fast,
And soon in solemn oneness
The river must be passed;
But Thou wilt never leave me,
And though the waves roll high,
I know Thou wilt be near me,
And whisper, “It is I.”


Unknown said...

Can you possibly if this has music and lyrics, make a picture of the song and send it to my email, I study Baptist church music history, and love the lyrics to this. I too, am searching for the old sweet songster copied song, I Was Lost, if you might have it, Thank you.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Janice, I have e-mailed you, and am posting here in case some other reader might also be interested in this information.

The hymn "I Could Not Do Without Thee" is not in our song book. It is one that I found and liked. Here is a link to a page with pictures of music for this song (at the bottom of the page).

Here are two recordings on YouTube of it being sung:

I hope this is helpful to you. Regarding the song "I Was Lost," do you mean it is in The Sweet Songster hymn book by E. W. Billups? If so, what page is it on? If not, what book, or can you tell me some more of the lyrics to help me find it? Thanks!