Teach Me, O God, To Be   1 comment


Above:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newnan, Georgia, June 30, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Words (1933) by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage



1.  Teach me, O God, to be

Obedient unto Thee

And follow in the footsteps of the Savior;

Teach me, O Father mild,

In Him to be Thy Child

And bless Thee for Thy love and ev’ry favor.

2.  Teach me, without surcease

Thy holy will to please

From early youth until my hair turns hoary;

Teach me in life and death

With care to keep the faith,

Which makes me heir to Thy eternal glory.

3.  Teach me when clouded skies

Do veil my spirit’s eyes

To trust in Thee, my Father and Defender;

Teach me when shadows fall

Upon Thy name to call

And lift my hands to Thee for mercy tender.

4.  Teach me with joy to sing

The songs that hope will bring

To him who toils as well as to the wand’rer;

Teach me in darkest night

To hold the beacon light

That guides their steps toward their home up yonder.

5.  Teach me when I shall die

To look to Thee on high,

With hope for life beyond death’s gloomy portal;

Tell me that Jesus waits

Within the pearly gates

To bid me welcome ‘mongst the saints immortal.

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