Guide of my spirit on its devious way

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1 Guide of my spirit on its devious way,
Lord of my Life, O teach me how to pray!
Dark is the night, and widely may I roam
Light of my darkness, lead, O lead me home.

2 Venture of faith! how beautiful to dare
To fling my spirit sheer upon the air!
And never fear to fall, since Thou art strong,
And children of thy heart to thee belong.

3 High is the heart, when Thou art by its side;
Sure is the life that hath Thee for its Guide!
Gallant the will, as from its fearless quest
The homing soul at last shall sing to rest.

Source: The Abingdon Song Book #127

Author: Allen Eastman Cross

Born: De­cem­ber 30, 1864, Man­ches­ter, New Hamp­shire. Died: Ap­ril 23, 1942, Man­ches­ter, New Hamp­shire. Cross at­tend­ed Phil­lips An­do­ver Academy, Am­herst Coll­ege and the An­do­ver The­o­log­ic­al Sem­in­ary. He pas­tored in Clif­ton­dale, Mass­a­chu­setts (1892-96); Spring­field, Mass­a­chu­setts (1896-1901); at the Old South Church, Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts (1901-12); and Mil­ford, Mass­a­chu­setts (1916-25). His works in­clude: Pass on the Torch, 1929 Thunder Over Je­ru­sa­lem/, 1936  Go to person page >

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First Line: Guide of my spirit on its devious way
Author: Allen Eastman Cross
Copyright: Public Domain



LANGRAN (also known as ST. AGNES) was composed by James Langran (b. London, England, 1835; d. London, 1909) and first published by Novello in a pamplet in 1861 as a setting for the hymn text "Abide with Me." Several other texts have also been set to the tune, which is one of Langran's best. Sing it…

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