Scripture Verse

He will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14


Words: James Ed­mes­ton, 1821. Ap­peared in Sac­red Lyr­ics, Set Two, with the no­ta­tion Hymn writ­ten for the child­ren of the Lon­don Or­phan­age Asy­lum.

Music: Mann­heim Fried­rich Fil­itz, Viers­tim­mig­es Cho­ral­buch her­aus­ge­ge­ben von Dr F Fil­itz (Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny: 1847) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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


Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
O’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
For we have no help but Thee;
Yet possessing every blessing
If our God our Father be.

Savior, breathe forgiveness o’er us;
All our weakness Thou dost know;
Thou didst tread this earth before us,
Thou didst feel its keenest woe;
Lone and dreary, faint and weary,
Through the desert Thou didst go.

Spirit of our God, descending,
Fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
Love with every passion blending,
Pleasure that can never cloy;
Thus provided, pardoned, guided,
Nothing can our peace destroy.