Father, Lead Me Day By Day   Leave a comment


Above:  The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia, August 25, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Sources = The Church Hymnary (1927), Presbyterian, and the companion volume thereto

Words (published in 1877) by John Page Hopps (1834-1912), an English Unitarian minister


1.  Father, lead me day by day,

Ever in Thine own sweet way;

Teach me to be pure and true;

Show me what I ought to do.

2.  When in danger, make me brave;

Make me know that Thou canst save;

Keep me safe by Thy dear side;

Let me in Thy love abide.

3.  When I’m tempted to do wrong,

Make me steadfast, wise, and strong;

And, when all alone I stand,

Shield me with Thy mighty hand.

4.  When my heart is full of glee,

Help me to remember Thee,

Happy most all all to know

That my Father loves me so.

5.  When my work seems hard and dry,

May I press on cheerily:

Help me patiently to bear

Pain and hardship, toil and care.

6.  May I see the good and bright,

When they pass before my sight:

May I hear the heavenly voice,

When the pure and wise rejoice.

7.  May I do the good I know,

Be Thy loving child below,

Then at last go home to Thee,

Evermore Thy child to be.

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