Words: Howard A. Walter, 1906 (verses 1-3); S. Ralph Harlow (verses 4-6), circa 1918. Walter wrote this hymn while living in Japan. He sent it to his mother, who forwarded it to Harper’s Magazine, which published it. Ralph Harlow’s daughter Ruth Harlow Berman wrote:
My father was a friend of Howard Walter—and after Mr. Walter’s death, he had a dream in which Mr. Walter told him that he had three more verses he would like added to his hymn “I Would Be True.”
_______________________Howard A. Walter, 1906 (verses 1-3);
I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care; I would be strong, for there is much to suffer; I would be brave, for there is much to dare; I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless; I would be giving, and forget the gift; I would be humble, for I know my weakness; I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift. I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.
I would be faithful through each passing moment; I would be constantly in touch with God; I would be strong to follow where He leads me; I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod; I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.
_______________________S. Ralph Harlow (verses 4-6), circa 1918.
Who is so low that I am not his brother? Who is so high that I’ve no path to him? Who is so poor, that I may not feel his hunger? Who is so rich I may not pity him? Who is so rich I may not pity him?
Who is so hurt I may not know his heartache? Who sings for joy my heart may never share? Who in God’s heaven has passed beyond my vision? Who to Hell’s depths where I may never fare? Who to Hell’s depths where I may never fare?
May none, then, call on me for understanding, May none, then, turn to me for help in pain, And drain alone his bitter cup of sorrow, Or find he knocks upon my heart in vain. Or find he knocks upon my heart in vain.
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