Lamp of Our Feet, Whereby We Trace

Representative Text

1 Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace
our path when wont to stray;
stream from the fount of heavenly grace,
brook by the traveler's way;

2 bread of our souls, whereon we feed,
true manna from on high;
our guide and chart, wherein we read
of realms beyond the sky;

3 pillar of fire, through watches dark,
and radiant cloud by day;
when waves would whelm our tossing bark,
our anchor and our stay;

4 word of the ever-living God,
will of his glorious Son;
without thee how could earth be trod,
or heaven itself be won?

5 Lord, grant us all aright to learn
the wisdom it imparts;
and to its heavenly teaching turn,
with simple, childlike hearts.

Source: Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #627

Author: Bernard Barton

Barton, Bernard, commonly known as the "Quaker Poet," was born in London Jan. 31, 1784, and educated at a Quaker school at Ipswich. In 1798 he was apprenticed to Mr. S. Jesup, a shopkeeper at Halstead, Essex, with whom he remained until 1806, when he removed to Woodbridge, Suffolk, and entered into business with his brother, as a coal and corn merchant. On the death of his wife at the end of the first year of their married life, he proceeded to Liverpool, where he acted as a private tutor for a short time. He returned to Woodbridge in 1810, where he secured an engagement in the local bank of the Messrs. Alexander. This appointment he held for 40 years. He died at Woodbridge, Feb. 19, 1849. During the same year his daughter published his Poe… Go to person page >

Tune

[Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace] (Excell)


LAMBETH (Schulthes)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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GRÄFENBERG

Composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) as a setting for Paul Gerhardt's "Nun danket all’ und bringet Ehr," GRÄFENBERG was first published in the 1647 edition of Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica. The tune is arbitrarily named after a water-cure spa in Silesia, Austria, which became famous in the 1820…

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Common Praise (1998) #477

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #627

Hymnal: A Worship Book #312

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #3583

Include 240 pre-1979 instances
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