Scripture Verse

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105


Christopher Smart (1722–1771)
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Words: Chris­to­pher Smart, Po­ems, 1771.

Music: Tay­lor (Proc­tor) H. I. Proc­tor, in The Pub­lic School Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Irv­ing Em­er­son (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: J. M. Rus­sell, 1879), num­ber 167 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Proc­tor’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Father of light! con­duct my feet
Through life’s dark, dan­ger­ous road;
Let each ad­vanc­ing step still bring
Me near­er to my God.

Let Heav’n eyed pru­dence be my guide;
And when I go as­tray,
Recall my feet from fol­ly’s paths
To wis­dom’s bet­ter way.

Teach me in ev­ery va­ri­ous scene
To keep my end in sight;
And whilst I tread life’s ma­zy track,
Let wis­dom guide me right.

That hea­ven­ly wis­dom from above
Abundantly im­part;
And let it guard, and guide, and warm,
And pe­ne­trate my heart;

Till it shall lead me to Thy­self,
Fountain of bliss and love;
And all my dark­ness be dis­persed
In end­less light above.