Lead Me Gently Home, Father

Lead me gently home, Father

Author: Will L. Thompson (1879)
Tune: [Lead me gently home, Father]
Published in 150 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home,
When life’s toils are ended,
and parting days have come;
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’lt only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
lead me gently,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

2 Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home,
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
when life’s troubles come;
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home. [Refrain]

3 Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home,
In temptation's hour, Father,
when sore trials come;
Be Thou near to keep me,
Take me as Thine own,
For I cannot live without Thee,
Lead my gently home. [Refrain]

Source: The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #483

Author: Will L. Thompson

Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909) Born: November 7, 1847, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio. Died: Sep­tem­ber 20, 1909, New York, New York. Buried: Ri­ver­view Cem­e­te­ry, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio. Rebuffed in an ear­ly at­tempt to sell his songs to a com­mer­cial pub­lish­er, Thomp­son start­ed his own pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny. He lat­er ex­pand­ed, open­ing a store to sell pi­an­os, or­gans and sheet mu­sic. Both a lyr­i­cist and com­pos­er, he en­sured he would al­ways re­mem­ber words or mel­o­dies that came to him at odd times: "No mat­ter where I am, at home or ho­tel, at the store or tra­vel­ing, if an idea or theme comes to me that I deem wor­thy of a song, I jot it down in verse. In this… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lead me gently home, Father
Title: Lead Me Gently Home, Father
Author: Will L. Thompson (1879)
Meter: 7.5.7.5.6.5.8.5 with refrain
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #3614
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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #443

Spiritual Life Songs #99

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The Cyber Hymnal #3614

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The New National Baptist Hymnal #341

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #483

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Timeless Truths #222

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