Scripture Verse

He will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14


Words: Will­iam C. Stokes, in Gos­pel Prais­es No. 2, by Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick & Hen­ry L. Gil­mour (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, cir­ca 1900), num­ber 44.

Music: An­na C. Bar­row (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Stokes or Bar­row (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


The way is long and dark, my Fa­ther,
And all around is filled with gloom;
Come near, and reach Thy hand, I pray Thee,
And kind­ly, gent­ly lead me home.


Lead me home, O Fa­ther,
Lead me home, O Fa­ther,
Nevermore from Thee to roam;
Lead me home, lead me home,
Jesus, Sav­ior, lead me home.

Thick, hea­vy clouds are ho­ver­ing o’er me,
And help­less thro’ the gloom I roam;
O Fa­ther, let me feel Thy pre­sence,
And kind­ly, gent­ly lead me home.


Far, far away from Thee I’ve wan­dered;
Back to Thy side in faith I come;
On bend­ed knee I’m hum­bly plead­ing,
O Fa­ther, kind­ly lead me home.


Of self and sin, O Lord, I’m wea­ry;
Away from Thee no more I’ll roam;
In life, in death, O keep me near Thee;
O Fa­ther, gent­ly lead me home.