By Thy favor, Lord, we gather
In our circle here tonight;
Guide our minds, O gracious Father,
Give them more than human sight;
Lead us ever,
In our studies, toward the light.
See we in the realm of story
Nations flourish and decline?
In their fall, as in their glory,
May we see the Hand divine;
Lamp of wisdom,
Shine on every page and line.
As we search the field of learning,
Let us sift as we pursue;
By the higher light discerning
What is false and what is true;
Older truth than errors new.