His Eye is on the Sparrow

The words of this Gospel-style hymn were written by 1905 by Canadian-American hymn-writer Civilla Durfee Martin (1866-1948). These dates mean that it is now in the public domain in the US, but not necessarily yet in some other countries where the time-since-authors death has not yet been reached.

It is inspired by two texts: Matthew 6:26 and Matthew 10:29–31.

The tune, with meter 13.13.13.13.13.13.13, was composed by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1856-1932), specifically for this text.


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Lyrics

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Chorus:
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

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