Take My Hand and Lead Me

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1 I want to live, dear Lord, for Thee,
O! keep me ev'ry day;
A faithful servant let me be
Along life's rugged way.

Take my hand and lead me,
Anywhere you need me;
With Thy Holy Spirit, feed me,
Till I'm safe at home.

2 When Satan would my hopes alarm,
O! shelter Thou, my soul;
Protect me with Thy mighty arm,
Thy strength will keep me whole. [Chorus]

3 Let me each day, Thy spirit feel;
Increase my courage, Lord,
To walk by faith, endowed with zeal,
Directed by Thy Word. [Chorus]

Source: Sacred Selections for the Church: a collection of sacred selections featuring choice favorites old and new (57th ed) #232

Author: James W. Gaines

Born: January 23, 1881, Hiram, Kaufman County, Texas. Died: June 3, 1937, Oakville, Tennessee. Buried: Edmondson Cemetery, Southaven, Mississippi. In 1900, Gaines was living in Kauffman, Texas. He worked with the Trio and/or Quartet Music Companies in Waco, Texas, and married Laurel Life around 1904. Their daughter Mia was born in Texas around 1906, and their son Charles Life Gaines in Missouri around 1907. The family moved to Tennessee by World War I, when Gaines was drafted for military service. After the war, he ran a music publishing company in Memphis, Tennessee. His works include: The Gospel Messenger (Memphis, Tennessee: J. W. Gaines Music Company, 1931) Revival Tidings (Memphis, Tennessee: Gaines Music Company, 1932… Go to person page >

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First Line: I want to live, dear Lord, for Thee
Title: Take My Hand and Lead Me
Author: James W. Gaines
Refrain First Line: Take my hand and lead me
Copyright: Public Domain



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