He leadeth me beside still waters, He restoreth my soul.@Psalm 23:2–3

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
(1856–1932)

Words: Hel­en S. Ar­nold, 1896.

Music: Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

He leadeth me, for I can feel the clasping
Of that piercèd hand so firm, so kind, so dear;
And in sweet, trusting confidence I follow,
And fear no danger while my guide is near.

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He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
No danger then my soul shall fear,
But in sweet, trusting confidence I follow,
And fear no danger while my guide is near.

He leadeth me, but not thro’ flowery meadows,
Where sunshine lingers all the gladsome day;
My tirèd feet are often torn and bleeding,
With thorns that pierce them in this narrow way.

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He leadeth me, but sometimes in my blindness,
I turn aside to grasp at earthly toys;
Ah, then His voice so tenderly doth win me,
That like a shadow, fly all other joys.

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He leadeth me, and I will clasp more closely
That piercèd hand so kind, so firm, so dear;
And in sweet, trusting confidence I follow,
And fear no danger while my guide is near.

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