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I Will Follow Thee

Lead me forth, O blessed Jesus

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Lead me forth, O blessed Jesus!
Out of darkness, out of night,
Into life and love eternal,
Into joy and into light.

2 Lead me forth, O blessed Jesus!
Leaving all my doubts and fears,
Leaving all my sins and sorrows,
Leaving all my griefs and tears.

3 Lead me forth, O blessed Jesus!
Into fuller, clearer light,
Where the sunshine of thy presence
Falls upon my inner sight.

4 Lead me higher still and higher,
Draw me nearer, nearer thee;
Touch my heart with love, and fit me,
Lord, thy faithful child to be.

5 Lead me forth, O blessed Jesus!
With a clear eye, fixed above,
On the crown that now is waiting,
In the Paradise of love.

Source: Crowning Glory No. 1: a choice collection of gospel hymns #154

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lead me forth, O blessed Jesus
Title: I Will Follow Thee
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I will take my cross and follow
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)
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Crowning Glory No. 1 #154

Echoes of Eden #d75

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Bible Schools #d117

Jehovah's Praise #d115

Perennial Songs #d117

Prayerful Praises. 5th ed. #d80

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Song-Land Messenger Complete #58

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Songs of the New Life #62

Sunday School Chimes #d69

The Crowning Glory Nos. 1 and 2 #d208

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The Gospel in Song #178

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