Scripture Verse

Lead me, O Lord, in Thy righteousness. Psalm 5:8


Nikolaus L. von Zinzendorf (1700–1760)

Words: Ni­ko­laus L. von Zin­zen­dorf, 1721 (Je­su, geh vor­an). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Jane L. Borth­wick in the Free Church Ma­ga­zine, 1846.

Music: Seel­en­bräu­ti­gam Ad­am Drese, 1698 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Borth­wick or Drese (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Jesus, still lead on, till our rest be won,
And, al­though the way be cheer­less,
We will fol­low calm and fear­less,
Guide us by Thy hand to our fa­ther­land.

If the way be drear, if the foe be near,
Let no faith­less fears o’er­take us,
Let not faith and hope for­sake us,
For through ma­ny a woe to our home we go.

When we seek re­lief from a long felt grief;
When temp­ta­tions come al­lur­ing,
Make us pa­tient and en­dur­ing;
Show us that bright shore where we weep no more.

Jesus, still lead on, till our rest be won;
Heavenly Lead­er, still di­rect us,
Still sup­port, con­trol, pro­tect us,
Till we safe­ly stand in our fa­ther­land.