Lead us, O Father, in the paths of peace (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-09)  CPDL #41739:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 16/12/18.

General Information

Title: Lead us, O Father, in the paths of peace
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Tune: Longwood
Lyricist: William Henry Burleigh

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 10 10. 10 10

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 211, p. 132

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Original text and translations

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1. Lead us, O Father, in the paths of peace:
Without Thy guiding hand we go astray,
And doubts appal, and sorrows still increase;
Lead us through Christ, the true and living way.

2. Lead us, O Father, in the paths of truth:
Unhelped by Thee, in error's maze we grope,
While passion stains and folly dims our youth,
And age comes on uncheered by faith or hope.

3. Lead us, O Father, in the paths of right:
Blindly we stumble when we walk alone,
Involved in shadows of a darkening night;
Only with Thee we journey safely on.

4. Lead us, O Father, to Thy heavenly rest,
However rough and steep the path may be,
Through joy or sorrow, as Thou deemest best,
until our lives are perfected in Thee.