1 How many and great are the foes which infest
The way through this world to the Canaan of rest?
The traveler ever his Lord would obey,
Yet oft is discouraged because of the way.
2 Though Satan, the world, and corruptions combine,
And try to prevent the poor Pilgrim's design;
They cannot destroy, though they often betray,
And make him discouraged because of the way.
3 When good he would do, imperfections abound,
His graces are weak, and temptations surround;
For many turn back, and would lead him astray,
Which makes him discouraged because of the way.
4 Yet why should the Christian of Canaan despair,
Perplexed or alarmed with dishonoring fear?
Let him but his map and his leader obey,
Nor more be discouraged because of the way.
5 In Christ inexhaustible treasures are stored,
And Jesus will suitable blessings afford;
Then why should the Pilgrim be filled with dismay?
Or why be discouraged because of the way?
6 Unquenchable love and omnipotent power,
Will land him ere long on the heavenly shore;
There pleasure eternal will amply repay
For all the discouragements found in the way.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799