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Precious Lord, Take My Hand

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, here my call, Hold my hand, lest I fall;

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

This famous gospel song was written by Thomas A. Dorsey. Dorsey was known as the “Father of Gospel Music.” He was the music director for Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago from 1932 until the late 1970s. Prior to that position, he was an agent for Paramount records and a touring musician. He wrote “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” in 1931 while grieving the loss of his wife and son. His wife died while giving birth to their son who died a day later. This hymm or gospel song was performed by Mahalia Jackson and was a favorite of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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