Be not dismayed whate’er betide

Be not dismayed whate’er betide. Civilla Martin* (1866-1948). Written in 1904, and based on 1 Peter 5: 7, this is frequently known as ‘God will take care of you’, a line that is repeated in both the refrain and the verses. It was written when Civilla Martin was unwell, and her husband had gone out to a preaching appointment. On his return she gave him the words, and he wrote the music (sometimes given the name MARTIN). It was published in Songs of Redemption and Praise (Chicago, 1905?/rev. 1906), compiled and edited by John A. Davis, and John R. Clements (the former dedicated the hymn to his wife). It is found in many books, including the Baptist Hymnal (Nashville, Tennessee, 1991, 2008)...

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