• “Jesus is the Great Physician, and whatever your need may be, He’s a specialist in that field. With one hand He takes His surgeon’s knife and removes what has to go, and with the other He applies his healing oil.” – Hattie Hammond

Lean Hard by Octavius Winslow

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee” (Psalm 55:22).

Child of My love, lean hard,
And let Me feel the pressure of thy care;
I know thy burden, child, I shaped it;
Poised it in My own hand, made no proportion in its weight to thine unaided strength;
For even as I laid it on, I said
I shall be near, and while he leans on Me,
This burden shall be Mine, not his;
So shall I keep My child within the circling arms of My own love.
Here lay it down, nor fear to impose it on a shoulder which upholds the government of worlds.
Yet closer come; thou art not near enough;
I would embrace thy care so I might feel My child reposing on My breast.
Thou lovest Me? I know it. Doubt not then;
But, loving Me, Lean Hard.”


“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

Share to Google Plus

4 Responses to Lean Hard by Octavius Winslow

  • ana says:

    I love this poem (Lean Hard) and I would like to know if you can help me with some information about its author, for I have to make a presentation and explanation of a poem at school and speak a bit about its author, but I don't find anything about it on the Internet. If you know something about it, please, help me as soon as you can. May God bless you richly!

    • says:

      This poem was written by Octavius Winslow, a baptist pastor in the 1800's, living in New York and in England. It appears that Mary Prentiss Smith included it in the book, Streams in the Desert, without giving the author's name. Many listings on the internet attribute it to her. It is sad to continue this error.

  • Sharon L Buck says:

    I've always thought the author was unknown, also. Nice to know the truth and give him the credit. I've loved this poem for decades, shared it, leaned into its truth, and am so happy to have it so acccessible! Thank you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • “The world of demons, fallen Angels, is very real – a fact we need to know. We have to face up to this terrible reality, so that we do not fall unsuspectingly into their hands and come under their tyranny.” – Basilea Schlink

Copyrighted works are the property of the copyright holders. All works are shown free of charge for educational purposes only in accordance with fair use guidelines. If we have inadvertently included a copyrighted work that the copyright holder does not wish to be displayed, we will remove it within 48 hours upon notification by the owner or the owner’s legal representative.

Verse of the Day

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: — Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)

Recent Comments

Return to Homepage