Lord, Be Thy Word My Rule

Lord, be Thy word my rule

Author: Christopher Wordsworth
Published in 19 hymnals

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1 Lord, make your word my rule,
in it may I rejoice;
your glory be my aim,
your holy will my choice:

2 Your promises my hope,
your providence my guard;
your arm my strong support,
yourself my great reward.

Source: Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #250a

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >


Lord, be Thy Word my rule. Bp. C. Wordsworth, of Lincoln. [Confirmation.] From the 5th edition 1872, of his Holy Year, p. 209, into the 1904 ed. of Hymns Ancient and Modern. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #383

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Common Praise (1998) #480

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #209

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Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #626

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #232


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #250a


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #250b


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