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LEAD us, O Father, in the paths of peace;
Without thy guiding hand we go astray,
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.
Lead us, O Father, in the paths of right;
Only with thee we journey safely on.
Lead us, O Father, to thy heavenly rest,
However rough and steep the pathway be, Through joy or sorrow, as thou deemest best, Until our lives are perfected in thee.
WILLIAM HENRY BURLEIGH, 1812-1871.
HE Lord is my shepherd, no want shall I know:
Restores me when wandering, redeems when oppressed.
A - MEN.
Through the valley and shadow of death though I stray,
No harm can befall, with my comforter near.
In the midst of affliction, my table is spread;
Let goodness and mercy, my bountiful God,
Still follow my steps till I meet thee above. I seek, by the path which my forefathers trod
Through the land of their sojourn, thy kingdom of love.
JAMES MONTGOMERY, 1771-1854.