Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Something for the weekend.  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms sung by Iris DeMent.  Anthony Showalter wrote the hymn in 1887.  He had tragically received two letters from former pupils who told him that their wives died.  In his letters of consolation he referenced  Deuteronomy 33:27:   The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms, which became the theme of his hymn.  Showalter wrote the refrain and Elisha Hoffman, at the request of Showalter wrote the remaining lyrics.


  1. chuckle, how does a northern attorney find a southern cynic songwriter? Inquiring minds want to know. Good song.
    In Christ,
    Dennis McCutcheon

    • The 2010 remake of True Grit Dennis got me interested in the hymn. It made for a very powerful opening.

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