"Precious Lord, Take My Hand" is a hymn written by Thomas Dorsey in 1932 with music by George Allen. The lyrics of this hymn call out to the Lord for guidance and strength through difficult times. As Dorsey experienced tragedy in his life, he turned to God for hope and faith. May this hymn help you through difficult times to trust in God. Find the story of this hymn and video performances below!
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:
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The Story Behind Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Thomas Dorsey's "Precious Lord" has been described as "the greatest gospel song of all time." People around the world love it because of its heartfelt theme of faith and hope. Written in 1932, it continues to attract new generations of audiences. Various artists from gospel legend Mahalia Jackson to rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley have performed it.
Like so many grand hymns of faith, the song was inspired by a tragedy in the life of its composer. Thomas Andrew Dorsey was born in Georgia in 1899, the son of a nomadic minister.
Dorsey believed his songs "lifted people out of the muck and mire of poverty and gave them … hope."