He Leadeth Me

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1 He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, he leadeth me;
by his own hand he leadeth me:
his faithful follower I would be,
for by his hand he leadeth me.

2 Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
sometimes where Eden's flowers bloom,
by waters calm, o'er troubled sea,
still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me. Refrain

3 Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine,
nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, whatever lot I see,
since 'tis my God that leadeth me. Refrain

4 And when my task on earth is done,
when, by thy grace, the victory's won,
e'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
since God through Jordan leadeth me. Refrain

Psalter Hymnal, (Gray)

Author: J. H. Gilmore

Joseph H. Gilmore (b. Boston, MA, 1834; d. Rochester, NY, 1918) Educated at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and Newton Theological Seminary, Newton, Massachusetts, Gilmore was ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1862. He served churches in Fisherville, New Hampshire, and Rochester, New York. In 1868 he was appointed to the English faculty at the University of Rochester, where he served until retirement in 1911. He published various literary works, including Outlines of English and American Literature (1905). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
Title: He Leadeth Me
Author: J. H. Gilmore (1862)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He leadeth me, He leadeth me
Notes: Spanish translation: See "Me guía él, con cuanto amor" by Epigmenio Velasco
Copyright: Public Domain


He leadeth me, O blessed thought, p. 424, i. Mr. Gilmore's hymn in its original form had a refrain of two lines only. In its popular form this has been expanded into four lines (the addition being by an unknown hand), as in P. Phillips's Singing Pilgrim, 1866. The hymn is very popular in America. [Rev. L. F. Benson, D.D.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


HE LEADETH ME (Bradbury)

After seeing Gilmore's text in the Boston Watchman and Reflector, William B. Bradbury (PHH 114) composed AUCHTON for those words. Bradbury arranged the text into a stanza/refrain structure, added the final line of the refrain, and published the hymn in his The Golden Censor in 1864. AUCHTON (also kn…

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