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When my eyes behold the stars
This heart of mine is filled with wonder,
My poor mind cannot grasp their array
But the hand that spilled them there,
All across the wide heaven
Had a plan when He placed them that way.

Known only to Him
Are the great hidden secrets.
I’ll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim.
I know not what the future holds,
But I know who holds the future.
It’s a secret known only to Him.

In this world of fear and doubt
On my knees I ask the question,
Why a lonely heavy cross I must bear?
Then He tells me in my prayer,
It’s because I am trust worthy,
He gives me strength far more than my share.

Stuart Hamblen was born this date 10/20/1908 in Kellyville, Texas to a father who was a Methodist minister.  Western song enthusiasts may remember Hamblen for his several cowboy songs: “Texas Plains,” “My Mary,” “Golden River,” “Walkin’ My Fortune,” and “Ridin’ Old Paint.” But more of us remember him for his greatest song classic “It Is No Secret” (It is said that the original manuscript of this is buried in the cornerstone of one of the Copyright Buildings of the Library of Congress in Washington,D.C., and which has been translated into over 50 languages.)

 

In 1949, he gave up radio and film and publicly announced he was devoting his life to Christ.  Some other Christian songs are “Teach Me, Lord, To Wait,” “Until Then,” “Open Up Your Heart (and Let the Sunshine In),” “How Big Is God,” “His Hands,” “Beyond the Sunset,” and the above song.

 

He was married to his wife, Suzy, for 55(+) years living with her on their horse ranch in Canyon Country,California.  Stuart Hamblen died onMarch 8, 1989.

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