418. My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff

1 My faith, it is an oaken staff,
the traveler’s well-loved aid;
My faith, it is a song of trust,
sustains me undismayed.
I’ll travel on and still be stirred
by silent thought or social word;
By all my perils undeterred,
a pilgrim unafraid.

2 My guide is Jesus Christ whose steps,
when travelers have trod,
Whether beneath was flinty rock
or yielding grassy sod,
They carried on, their joy unspent;
through pain and trial they onward went,
Unstayed by pleasures, still they bent
their zealous course to God.

3 My faith, it is an oaken staff,
O let me on it lean.
My faith provides the ground of hope,
supports a purpose keen.
Your Spirit, God, upon me send,
that I may be what you intend.
With patient courage, we'll contend
as radiant saints serene.

Text Information
First Line: My faith it is an oaken staff
Title: My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff
Author: Thomas T. Lynch (1855, alt.)
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.8.8.6.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Faith and Aspiration; Jesus Christ: Guide and Leader; Pilgrimage (3 more...)
Tune Information
Name: THE STAFF OF FAITH
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.8.8.6.
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Swiss folk melody; Fellowship Hymn Book, 1910



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