John Charles Ryle left the world with a great treasure—a collection of hymns that communicate the truths of Scripture. He intended them for private reading to encourage believers, and even today, they haven’t lost any of their beauty and power. Here’s one to show you what we mean:

1—When we cannot see our way,

Let us trust and still obey;

He who bids us forward go,

Cannot fail the way to show.


2—Though the sea be deep and wide,

Though a passage seem denied,

Fearless let us still proceed,

Since the Lord vouchsafes to lead.


3—Though it seems the gloom of night,

Though we see no ray of light,

Since the Lord Himself is there,

‘Tis not meet that we should fear.


4—Night with Him is never night,

Where He is, there all is light;

When He calls us, why delay?

They are happy who obey.


5—Be it ours then, while we're here,

Him to follow without fear,

Where He calls us, there to go,

What He bids us, that to do.


If you haven’t explored Ryle’s Hymns for the Church on Earth, we’ve got it free on our site as part of our Christian classics collection.

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