I turn to thee in time of need
And never turn in vain
I see thy fond and fearless smile
And hope revives again.
It gives me strength to struggle on
Whate'er the strife may be
And if again my courage fails
Again I turn to thee.
Thy timid beauty charm'd me first
I breath'd a Lover's vow
But littl thought to find the friend
Whose strength sustains me now.
I deemed thee made for summer's skies
But in the stormy sea
Deserted by all other friends
Dear love, I turn to thee.
Should e'er some keener sorrow throw
A shadow o'er my mind
And should I, thoughtless, breathe to thee
One word that is unkind
Forgive it love! Thy smile will set
My better feelings free
And with a look of boundless love
I shall turn to thee.
Bayly, T. H., "I Turn to Thee in Time of Need" (1832). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 303.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.