Scripture Verse

What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Introduction

Words: Wash­ing­ton Glad­den, 1879.

Music: Mar­y­ton H. Per­cy Smith, in Church Hymns with Tunes (Lon­don: 1874) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Smith (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Washington Gladden
(1836–1918)

Origin of the Hymn

This hymn, [Glad­den] re­lat­ed, was writ­ten for The Still Hour a cor­ner in Sun­day Af­ter­noon, a pa­per which was filled with good read­ing. In March 1879, it was pub­lished in three eight-line stan­zas. The lines un­suit­a­ble for wor­ship were left out and the po­em became a hymn. The po­em was not writ­ten for a hymn; it was my friend, Rev. C. H. Ri­chards, who saw in the lines their sui­t­abi­li­ty and adapt­ed it so.

Blanchard, p. 69

Lyrics

O Master, let me walk with Thee,
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

O Master, let me walk with Thee,
Before the taunting Pharisee;
Help me to bear the sting of spite,
The hate of men who hide Thy light.

The sore distrust of souls sincere
Who cannot read Thy judgments clear,
The dullness of the multitude,
Who dimly guess that Thou art good.

Teach me Thy patience; still with Thee
In closer, dearer, company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.

In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way,
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With Thee, O Master, let me live.