Monday Morning Melody

When a man learned that two of his friends had both lost their wives, these words came to him, which he wrote down and composed a tune for:

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

After completing the melody, Anthony Showalter asked hymn-writer Elisha Hoffman to write the rest of the words to his tune. It has been sung numerous times since that time in the late 1880s, and was even featured in a 1943 Mickey Rooney film. Oh, and in an Andy Griffith episode, sung by the ever-enthusiastic Darlin boys. Ahem.

So here it is still around in the 21st century. I particularly like the last verse, “What have I to dread, what have I to fear? / I have blessed peace with my Lord so near”! So thankful that I have a God to “lean” on, and who will always be from everlasting to everlasting!

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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