Lead us, O Father (Orlando Gibbons)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with harmony and underlaid words in the version published in The Hymnal 1982.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-06).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 106 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Lead us, O Father
Composer: Orlando Gibbons
Tune: Song 22
Lyricist: William Henry Burleigh
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 10 10. 10 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
Description: Melody and bass by Gibbons.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Lead us, O Father, 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 right;
blindly we stumble when we walk alone,
involved in shadows of a darksome night;
only with thee we journey safely on.

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.