Be Thou my friend, my close companion ever;
Earth’s paths diverge as comrades onward wend;
Friends may depart, but Thou, O leave me never!
Be Thou my friend, be Thou my friend.
Be Thou my strength, for I am full of weakness;
In Thee alone can I be strong at length;
Help me to lean on Thee in trust and meekness;
Be Thou my strength, be Thou my strength.
Be Thou my life: no other one can feed me;
I, weary, faint, so worn with pain and strife;
Where living waters flow, O gently lead me;
Be Thou my life, be Thou my life.
Be Thou my all; for terrors oft enfold me,
The vasts of Thy great universe appall;
Closer to Thy dear heart, yet closer hold me!
Be Thou my all, be Thou my all.