- (Posted 2016-11-09) CPDL #41739:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-11-09). Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format. Revised files uploaded 16/12/18.
Title: Lead us, O Father, in the paths of peace
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: William Henry Burleigh
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 10 10. 10 10
First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 211, p. 132
Original text and translations
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.