Iris Dement - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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Iris Dement - Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Unread postby musicmonkey » Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:46 pm

I'm not sure if it's my obsession (aka hangover) with HBO's The Leftovers in which an Iris Dement song was used for the opening credits, the failing health of my elderly father and other relatives, my own acceptance of middle age and the brevity of life, or all of the above, but lately I've been on a journey into discovering and rediscovering the hymns of my parents and grandparents. My elderly aunt recently lost her husband and I offered to make her a CD. She said she only wanted hymns because her church doesn't sing them anymore. It's pretty amazing that this one has over 350,000 views on YouTube but then again, it was used in the film, True Grit in 2010.



Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (1887)
music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha Hoffman.

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

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