Scripture Verse

This God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even to the end.@Psalm 48:14
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Henry K. Oliver
(1800–1885)

Words: Tho­mas W. Hig­gin­son, in A Book of Hymns for Pub­lic and Pri­vate De­vo­tion, by Sam­u­el Long­fel­low & Sam­u­el John­son, 1846.

Music: Fed­er­al Street Hen­ry K. Ol­iv­er, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Thomas W. Higginson
(1823–1911)

To Thine eternal arms, O God,
Take us, Thine erring children, in;
From dangerous paths too boldly trod,
From wandering thoughts and dreams of sin.

Those arms were round our childhood’s ways,
A guard through helpless years to be;
O leave not our maturer days!
We still are helpless without Thee.

We trusted hope and pride and strength;
Our strength proved false, our pride was vain;
Our dreams have faded all at length—
We come to Thee, O Lord, again!

A guide to trembling steps yet be!
Give us of Thine eternal power!
So shall our paths all lead to Thee,
And life still smile, like childhood’s hour.