His Eye is on the Sparrow


Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”    

John 14:1

Civilla Martin, who wrote the lyrics to this familiar gospel song in 1905, said this about her inspiration to write the song:


“Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was simple: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. ‘His Eye Is on the Sparrow’ was the outcome…”


The next day she mailed the poem to Charles Gabriel, who set it to music. Gabriel composed thousands of songs, edited 35 gospel song books, 8 Sunday school song books, 7 books for male choruses, 6 books for ladies, 10 children’s song books, 19 collections of anthems, 23 choir cantatas, 41 Christmas cantatas, and 10 children’s cantatas.


2nd stanza:

“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.



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We are nearing the end of the church year and things are winding down. But there is music after Celebration Sunday and I hope you’ll want to part of it! While our choirs are on summer break, we want special music during worship.

  • Instrumental or vocal, individual or group – Accompanists available

  • Sundays available: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16; August 6, 13, 20; Sept 6


I am happy to discuss with you anytime.


  • after church

  •  by phone 703-346-3512

  • by email music@cpcfairfax.org


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