Scripture Verse

Lead me, O Lord. Psalm 5:8


Words: Ma­ry A. Ad­ams, 1905.

Music: Aho­li­ab Jo­seph D. Lit­tle (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ad­ams or Lit­tle (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Gently lead me, O my Sav­ior,
Thro’ the wilderness of life;
Grant that all the light and shadows,
All the joy and all the strife,
Each may bring me closer to Thee;
Nearer to Thy loving side;
May I trust Thee fully, wholly,
Saying, Lord, with Thee abide.


May I trust Thee fully, wholly,
Lead me to my heav’nly home.

O the depth of mortal anguish!
O the sorrow and the woe!
Nothing but a gloomy future
Yawns before me as I go;
On the lonely, weary journey
Of my life from day to day;
Yet, dear Lord, Thou’lt not forsake me;
Wilt Thou, Sav­ior, lead the way?


Help and strengthen me, dear Sav­ior,
For I cannot go alone;
All the weary, gloomy distance
Is entirely unknown;
Not a ray of light to brighten
Up the lonely, dreary way,
And sometimes my faith grows dimmer,
Till I feel I cannot pray.


Tho’ the sea of life is stormy,
Thou controlest by Thy will;
Thou canst whisper words of comfort;
Thou canst now say, Peace, be still;
All the roaring, angry billows,
Every overwhelming tide,
Thou canst check my dear, dear Sav­ior:
I will walk close by Thy side.