Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine
Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine. Daniel Webster Whittle* (1840-1901).
This hymn is sometimes known by its refrain, ‘Moment by moment I’m kept in His love’. It was written in 1893. In that year an English evangelist, Henry Varley (1835-1912), is said to have told Whittle that ‘I do not like the hymn “I need thee every hour” very well, because I need the Lord every moment of the day.’ Varley’s silly remark (for ‘every hour’ clearly means ‘all the time’) led to this hymn. It is normally printed in a four-verse text, although some books, such as the Baptist Hymnal, omit stanza 3:
Never a heartache and never a groan,
Never a teardrop and never a moan,
Never a danger, but there on...
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