Leader of faithful souls, and GuideAuthor: Charles Wesley
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1 Leader of faithful souls, and Guide
Of all that travel to the sky,
Come and with us, ev'n us abide,
Who would on thee alone rely;
On thee alone our spirits stay,
While held in life’s uneven way.
2 Strangers and pilgrims here below,
This earth, we know, is not our place,
But hasten through the vale of woe,
And restless to behold thy face:
Swift to our heav'nly country move,
Our everlasting home above.
3 We’ve no abiding city here,
But seek a city out of sight,
Thither our steady course we steer,
Aspiring to the plains of light;
Jerusalem, the saints’ abode,
Whose founder is the living God.
4 Patient th' appointed race to run,
This weary world we cast behind,
From strength to strength we travel on,
The New Jerusalem to find;
Our labour this, our only aim,
To find the New Jerusalem.
5 Thro' thee, who all our sins hast borne,
Freely and graciously forgiv'n,
With songs to Zion we return,
Contending for our native heav'n;
That palace of our glorious King,
We find it nearer while we sing.
6 Rais'd by the breath of love divine,
We urge our way with strength renew'd.
The church of the first-born to join,
We travel to the mount of God;
With joy upon our heads arise,
And meet our Captain in the skies.
Source: A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors #LII
Leader of faithful souls, and Guide. C. Wesley. [The Christian Race.] Appeared in Hymns for those that Seek, and, those that Have Redemption, 1747, No. 41, in 8 st.anzas of 6 lines, and entitled "The Traveller" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 262). In 1776, Toplady included 7 stanzas in his Psalms & Hymns as No. 269, and from thence it passed into various collections of the Church of England, including Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, and others. As found in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 69, and later editions, and in the collections of other Methodist bodies, stanzas v. and vii. are omitted. Its American use is great.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Small Church Music #2132||Mount Beacon||Leader of faithful souls, and Guide||MOUNT BEACON||Charles Wesley||220.127.116.11.8.8|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3609||Leader of Faithful Souls||Leader of faithful souls, and guide||CAREY'S SURREY||Charles Wesley||88.88.88||<cite>Hymns for Those That Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ</cite>|