His Eyes Are On The Sparrow

Early in the spring of 1905, my hus-band and I were so-journ-ing in El-mi-ra, New York. We con-tract-ed a deep friend-ship for a cou-ple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doo-lit-tle--true saints of God. Mrs. Doo-lit-tle had been bed-rid-den for nigh twen-ty years. Her hus-band was an in-cur-a-ble crip-ple who had to pro-pel him-self to and from his bus-i-ness in a wheel chair. De-spite their af-flict-ions, they lived hap-py Christ-ian lives, bring-ing in-spir-a-tion and com-fort to all who knew them. One day while we were vi-sit-ing with the Doo-lit-tles, my hus-band com-ment-ed on their bright hope-ful-ness and asked them for the se-cret of it. Mrs. Doo-lit-tle’s re-ply was sim-ple: “His eye is on the spar-row, and I know He watch-es me.” The beau-ty of this sim-ple ex-press-ion of bound-less faith gripped the hearts and fired the imag-in-a-tion of Dr. Mar-tin and me. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Spar-row” was the out-come of that

ex-per-i-ence.

Civilla Martin

The next day she mailed the po-em to Charles Gab-ri-el, who sup-plied the mu-sic. Sing-er Ethel Wa-ters so loved this song that she used its name as the ti-tle for her au-to-bi-og-ra-phy.

 

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven 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.

Refrain

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;
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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain