Lead us, O Father

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Lead us, O Father,                                             (or "Lead us, O Wisdom,")
in the paths of peace;
without thy guiding hand we go astray,
and doubts appall, and sorrows still increase.
Lead us, through Christ, the true and living way.  

Lead us, O Father, in the paths of truth;                (or "Lead us, O Teacher,")
unhelped by thee, in error's maze we grope,
while passion stains and folly dims our youth,
and age comes on uncheered by faith and hope.  

Lead us, O Father, in the paths of right;                (or "Lead us, O Guardian,")
blindly we stumble when we walk alone,
involved in shadows of a mortal night.  
Only with thee we journey safely on.  

Lead us, O Father, to thy heavenly rest,                (or "Lead us, O Shepherd,")
however rough and steep the path may be,
through joy or sorrow, as thou deemest best,
until our lives are perfected in thee.

#359 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  William H. Burleigh, The New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859
   Tune:  Edward J. Hopkins, Supplemental Tune and Hymn Book, 1869

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