Scripture Verse

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Matthew 25:40

Introduction

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William Crosswell
(1804–1851)

Words: Will­iam Cross­well, 1831.

Music: Al­ba­no Vin­cent F. No­vel­lo (1781–1861). First pub­lished in the a­ppen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868, from No­vel­lo’s orig­in­al man­u­script (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Vincent Novello
(1781–1861)

Lyrics

Lord, lead the way the Savior went,
By lane and cell obscure;
And let love’s treasures still be spent,
Like His, upon the poor.

Like Him, through scenes of deep distress,
Who bore the world’s sad weight,
We, in their crowded loneliness,
Would seek the desolate.

For Thou hast placed us side by side
In this wide world of ill;
And, that Thy followers may be tried,
The poor are with us still.

Mean are all offerings we can make;
Yet Thou hast taught us, Lord,
If given for the Savior’s sake,
They lose not their reward.