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Take my Hands and Make Them as Your Own

This hymn is about surrendering yourself to doing God's will.  It was written by South African born lay-Franciscan Sebastian Temple (1928-1997).

It was included in the 20th Century Folk Hymnal Volume 1, and various other books published in the 1970s, and is often suggested as an Offertory hymn.

Sheet music is still available from OCP,  and the song is also in hymn-books including  McCrimmon's Celebration Hymnal for Everyone 2012 edition, which is still in-print..

Like most of Temple's work, this song is not covered by CCLI licensing.

The words are set to an un-named tune, also by Temple.   The original publication was in the key of E, 4/4 time signature, and the first few notes are E B, AGFE.

Image adapted from a work by Artotem
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Choir with keyboard:

Solo singer with guitar:

Instrumental - piano:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on page 27 of this document. Tuitar chords are available here.

The song has three verses. Each is four lines long - but to make sense, the 3rd and 4th lines need to run together.  A rough outline is:
1 Take my hands and make them as your own, ...

2 Take my hands, they speak now for my heart ...

3 Take my hands; I give them to you, Lord ...

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1 comment:

  1. This hymn is still to be found in many in print hymnals such as celebration Hymnal for Everyone pub McCrimmons, Hymns Old and New (and its successors) pub Kevin Mayhew Ltd, &c


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