Words: M. J. Smith, in Sac­red Songs and So­los, 888 Piec­es, by (Lon­don: Mor­gan and Scott Ld., late 19th Cen­tu­ry).

Music: .

If you know when this song was writ­ten, the au­thor’s full name, or where to get a pic­ture of him

Cling to the Bible, though all else be taken;
Lose not its precepts, so precious and pure;
Souls that are sleeping its tidings awaken;
Life from the dead in its promises sure.


Cling to the Bible!
Cling to the Bible!
Cling to the Bible—
Our Lamp and our Guide!

Cling to the Bible! This jewel and treasure
Brings life eternal, and saves fallen man;
Surely its value no mortal can measure:
Seek for its blessing, O soul, while you can!


Lamp for the feet that in byways have wandered,
Guide for the youth that would otherwise fall;
Hope for the sinner whose life has been squandered,
Staff for the agèd, and best book of all.