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His Eye is on the Sparrow – A Sunday Hymn

Here’s a little Sunday inspiration and printable from one of my favorite hymns – His Eye is on the Sparrow, which is a classic Christian hymn.

Dear friends. It’s been quite a week! I’ve found myself feeling anxious with everything that is happening. But, I am so glad that I have a Savior who cares for me and my anxieties. And, he cares for you too. Trust Him. I wanted to share the hymn that has been singing along in my head this week – His Eye is on the Sparrow.

His Eye is on the Sparrow Free Printable - Hymns and Verses


The Story Behind the Hymn – His Eye is On The Sparrow

This song was written by Civilla D. Martin in 1905. Civilla was married to Dr. William Martin, a evangelist. While in Elmira, New York, in the spring of 1905, they couple becam friends with Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle. Mr. Doolittle had been bedridden for 20 years and her husband was crippled in a wheelchair.

Civilla wrote: “Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day, while we were visiting 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. The song ‘His Eye is on the Sparrow’ was the outcome of that experience.”

His Eye is on the Sparrow Hymn Lyrics

“Why should I feel discouraged,

Why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely,

And long for heaven and home?

When Jesus is my portion,

My constant Friend is He,

HIs eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.”


“I sing because I’m happy.

I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.”

The Sparrow in the Book of Matthew 

The sparrow bird is mentioned throughout the Book of Matthew several times alone, and many types in the Bible as a whole.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.   Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  Matthew 10:31

Free Printable - His Eye is on the Sparrow - Hymns and Verses

Fear not – God is in control!  Have a safe week my friends.  And,  will continue to share here, and I hope my posts will provide some distraction from all that is happening in our world today.  On Wednesday, I’ll be sharing my Spring Home Tour.  There have been a lot of changes since I last shared some of these spaces, so I hope you’ll stop by on Wednesday to see what I’ve been up to. 

You can download and print the image above from this page because want it to be accessible for everyone who stops by!  But, I do have another printable featuring His Eye is on the Sparrow lyrics available in my Free Printable Library.


Saturday 27th of August 2022

Thank you for the beautiful printable, one of my favorite hymns!


Friday 26th of August 2022

I woke up this morning with this hymn in my head. I felt the Lord was giving me encouragement through this hymn. I wanted to read all the lyrics to this hymn and I found your beautiful post and printable. Thank you so much for sharing! May the Lord bless you and keep you in His loving care!

Doreen Cagno

Friday 26th of August 2022

Hi, Diana!

I'm so glad you found the printable! Don't you love when the lyrics to these old hymns come to our mind. I do believe it's a way that God speaks to us.


Monday 23rd of March 2020

The first time I heard this hymn was when my husband was requested to sing this hymn for a funeral. It is such a great message of Our Heavenly Father's presence always. Thank you for the beautiful print. Your messages always uplift my spirit. Blessings.

Doreen Cagno

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Thank you so much!


Tuesday 17th of March 2020

Beautiful message and beautiful blog! I just chose this song to sing this week at a women’s luncheon and shared the story, the verse from Matt. And Psalm 91 (which my son and I have been memorizing together. The only thing we CAN do is trust our steadfast and faithful Lord! Thanks for the lovely printable. I’m printing and framing now.


Monday 16th of March 2020

What a great thing to share! I love this!