Scripture Verse

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105


Christopher Smart

Words: Chris­to­pher Smart, Po­ems, 1771.

Music: Tay­lor (Proc­tor) H. I. Proc­tor, in The Pub­lic School Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Irv­ing Em­er­son (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: J. M. Rus­sell, 1879), num­ber 167 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Proc­tor’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Father of light! conduct my feet
Through life’s dark, dangerous road;
Let each advancing step still bring
Me nearer to my God.

Let Heav’n eyed prudence be my guide;
And when I go astray,
Recall my feet from folly’s paths
To wisdom’s better way.

Teach me in every various scene
To keep my end in sight;
And whilst I tread life’s mazy track,
Let wisdom guide me right.

That heavenly wisdom from above
Abundantly impart;
And let it guard, and guide, and warm,
And penetrate my heart;

Till it shall lead me to Thyself,
Fountain of bliss and love;
And all my darkness be dispersed
In endless light above.