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Above:  Theodore Roosevelt and Washington Gladden at Columbus, Ohio, 1900

Image Creator = Bain News Service

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ggbain-06699

Washington Gladden (1836-1918) was a U.S. Congregationalist minister, a proponent of the Social Gospel, an opponent of corruption in government, and a supporter of labor unions.


O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee:

O Lord of Life, to Thee We Lift:

Forgive, O Lord, the Doubts that Break:


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Morning Prayer

Above:  Morning Prayer, 1869

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-05644

Text (1879) by Washington Gladden (1836-1918)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), National Council of Congregational Churches of the United States


1.  Forgive, O Lord, the doubts that break

Thy promises to me;

Forgive me that I fail to take

Thy pardon, full and free;

I sought to put my sins away,

I strove to do thy will;

And yet, whene’er I tried to pray,

My heart was doubting still:

2.  I thought that thou with jealous eye

Wast watching me alway,

My deeds to mark, my steps to spy,

Whene’er I went astray:

I hoped that when, by days and years

Of service and of prayer,

I had besought thy grace with tears,

Thy mercy I might share.

3.  Forgive, O Father, this my sin,

This jealous, doubting heart;

For when men seek thy love to win,

And choose the better part,

I know that, swifter than the light

Leaps earthward from the sun,

Thy pardoning love, thy rescuing might

Speed down to every one.

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Sunbeams Through Clouds

Above:  Sunbeams Through Clouds

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Text (1897) by Washington Gladden (1836-1918)

Hymn Source = The Hymnbook (1955), Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., United Presbyterian Church of North America, and Presbyterian Church in the United States


1.  O Lord of life, to Thee we lift

Our hearts in praise for those,

Thy prophets, who have shown Thy gift

Of grace that ever grows,

Of truth that spreads from shore to shore to shore,

Of wisdom’s widening ray,

Of light that shineth more and more

Unto Thy perfect day.

2.  Shine forth, O Light, that we may see,

With hearts all unafraid,

The meaning and the mystery

Of things that Thou hast made:

Shine forth, and let the darkling past

Beneath Thy beam grow bright;

Shine forth, and touch the future vast

With Thine untroubled light.

3.  Light up Thy Word; the fettered page

From killing bondage free:

Light up our way; lead forth this age

In love’s large liberty.

O Light of light! within us dwell,

Through us Thy radiance pour,

That word and life Thy truths may tell,

And praise Thee evermore.

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Above:  Path

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1879) by Washington Gladden (1836-1918)

Hymn Source = Christian Youth Hymnal (1948), The United Lutheran Church in America


1.  O Master, let me walk with Thee

In lowly paths of service free;

Tell me Thy secret; help me bear

The strain of toil, the fret of care.

2.  Help me the slow of heart to move

By some clear winning word of love;

Teach me the wayward feed to stay,

And guide them in the homeward way.

3.  Teach me Thy patience, still with Thee

In closer, dearer company,

In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,

In trust that triumphs over wrong;

4.  In hope that sends a shining ray

Far down the future’s broad’ning way;

In peace that only Thou canst give,

With Thee, O master, let me live.