Lord, Be Thy Word My Rule

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Lord, be Thy word my rule

Author: Christopher Wordsworth
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1 Lord, be thy word my rule,
in it may I rejoice;
thy glory be my aim,
thy holy will my choice;

2 Thy promises my hope,
thy providence my guard,
thine arm my strong support,
thyself my great reward.

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

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 #209

Hymns Ancient and 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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The Book of Praise #494


The Cyber Hymnal #3594

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The Hymnal 1982 #626

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