When my way grows drear Precious Lord, linger near When my light is almost gone Hear my cry, hear my call "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" (a.k.a. The earliest known recording was made on February 16, 1937, by the Heavenly Gospel Singers (Bluebird B6846). Thomas A. Dorsey, who also adapted the melody. It was sung by Nina Simone at the Westbury Music Fair on April 7, 1968, three days after King's assassination. It was also performed by Beyoncé at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015.  "Maitland" is often attributed to American composer George N. Allen (1812–1877), but the earliest known source (Plymouth Collection, 1855) shows that Allen was the author/adapter of the text "Must Jesus bear the cross alone," not the composer of the tune, and the tune itself was printed without attribution for many years. The lyrics were written by the Rev. May this hymn help you through difficult times to trust in God. Dave Grohl recited the lyrics of the song at a remembrance service for his friend, Lemmy from Motörhead, in January 2016. Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light Take my hand, precious Lord Lead me home. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The melody is credited to Dorsey, drawn extensively from the 1844 hymn tune, "Maitland". Through the storm, through the night. I'm tired, I am weak I am worn. Franklin also recorded a live version of the song for her album Amazing Grace (1972) as a medley with "You've Got a Friend". Lead me on.  Dorsey wrote "Precious Lord" in response to his inconsolable bereavement at the death of his wife, Nettie Harper, in childbirth, and his infant son in August 1932.  Dorsey said that he had heard Blind Connie Williams sing his version of this song with "Precious Lord" and used it as inspiration. [Chorus] Precious Lord, take my hand. Many notable musicians have recorded "Take My Hand, Precious Lord".  "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" is published in more than 40 languages.. "Precious Lord, Take My Hand") is a gospel song. The lyrics of this hymn call out to the Lord for guidance and strength through difficult times. As Dorsey experienced tragedy in his life, he turned to God for hope and faith. It was also performed by Ledisi in the movie and soundtrack for Selma in which Ledisi portrays Mahalia Jackson. It was Martin Luther King Jr.'s favorite song, and he often invited gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to sing it at civil rights rallies to inspire crowds; at his request she sang it at his funeral in April 1968. Let me stand. "Maitland" is also sometimes attributed to The Oberlin Social and Sabbath School Hymn Book, which Allen edited, but this collection does not contain music. The lyrics were written by the Rev. Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I'm tired, I'm weak, I'm lone. That evening was dedicated to him and recorded on the album 'Nuff Said!. This tune originally appeared in hymnals and tune books as "Cross and Crown"; the name "Maitland" appears as early as 1868.