Under His Wings, the Song and the Story

Composer William Orcott Cushing Writes Under His Wings

Right Hand of God
William Orcott Cushing (1823-1902) served as a Unitarian pastor for many years. He was well known as a very kind and compassionate man whose love for Jesus was acted out daily towards his fellow man. After his wife's death in 1870, Reverend Cushing resigned from his pastorate and began writing hymns.

Cushing wrote more than 300 hymns, several of which are still loved and sung today, including Hiding in Thee, and Ring the Bells of Heaven. He wrote Under His Wings in reference to Psalm 17:8, “Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.&rdquo Ira Sankey (1840-1908) composed the music for the hymn and published it in his Sacred Songs No. 1, in 1896. Sankey composed the music for close to 12,000 hymns in his lifetime

Under His Wings

Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.


Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.

Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life's trials are o'er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I'm safe evermore.


Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen



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