Scripture Verse

For Thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3

Introduction

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Adelaide A. Procter
(1825–1864)

Words: Ad­e­laide A. Proc­ter, Le­gends and Lyr­ics, a Book of Verse 1862.

Music: Oro­no Karl P. Har­ring­ton, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Karl P. Harrington
(1861–1953)

Lyrics

I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
A pleasant road;
I do not ask that Thou
Wouldst take from me
Aught of its load.

I do not ask that flowers should always spring
Beneath my feet;
I know too well the poison and the sting
Of things too sweet.

For one thing, only Lord, dear Lord, I plead:
Lead me aright,
Though strength should falter,
And though heart should bleed,
Through peace to light.

I do not ask, O Lord, that Thou shouldst shed
Full radiance here
Give but a ray of peace,
That I may tread
Without a fear.

I do not ask my cross to understand,
My way to see;
Better in darkness just to feel Thy hand,
And follow Thee.

Joy is like restless day; but peace divine
Like quiet night:
Lead me, O Lord, till perfect day shall shine,
Through peace to light.