Lord, thy word abideth

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1 Lord, thy word abideth,
and our footsteps guideth;
who its truth believeth
light and joy receiveth.

2 When our foes are near us,
then thy word doth cheer us,
word of consolation,
message of salvation.

3 When the storms are o'er us,
and dark clouds before us,
then its light directeth,
and our way protecteth.

4 Who can tell the pleasure,
who recount the treasure
by thy word imparted
to the simple-hearted?

5 Word of mercy, giving
succour to the living;
word oflife, supplying
comfort to the dying.

6 O that we discerning
its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear thee,
evermore be near thee!

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #383

Author: H. W. Baker

Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were cont… Go to person page >


Lord, Thy word abideth. Sir H. W. Baker. [Holy Scripture.] Written for and first published in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861. It has attained a great circulation, and is in common use in all English-speaking countries. It has also been translated into several languages. There is a translation in German by Miss Winkworth, in Biggs's Annotated Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1867, beginning "Herr, Dein Wort muss bleiben." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #383Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #481
Church Family Worship #620
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #384
Common Praise (1998) #561Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #515Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #420TextPage Scan
Complete Mission Praise #446
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #166
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #476
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #251a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #251bText
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #318
The Cyber Hymnal #4051TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #407TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #427Text
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #142Text
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