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My faith it is an oaken staff

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1 My faith, it is an oaken staff,
the traveler’s well-loved aid;
My faith, it is a song of trust,
sustains me undismayed.
I’ll travel on and still be stirred
by silent thought or social word;
By all my perils undeterred,
a pilgrim unafraid.

2 My guide is Jesus Christ whose steps,
when travelers have trod,
Whether beneath was flinty rock
or yielding grassy sod,
They carried on, their joy unspent;
through pain and trial they onward went,
Unstayed by pleasures, still they bent
their zealous course to God.

3 My faith, it is an oaken staff,
O let me on it lean.
My faith provides the ground of hope,
supports a purpose keen.
Your Spirit, God, upon me send,
that I may be what you intend.
With patient courage, we'll contend
as radiant saints serene.

Source: The New Century Hymnal #418

Author: Thomas T. Lynch

Lynch, Thomas Toke, was born at Dunmow, Essex, July 5, 1818, and educated at a school at Islington, in which he was afterwards an usher. For a few months he was a student at the Highbury Independent College; but withdrew, partly on account of failing health, and partly because his spirit was too free to submit to the routine of College life. From 1847 to 1849 he was Minister of a small charge at Highgate, and from 1849 to 1852 of a congregation in Mortimer Street, which subsequently migrated to Grafton Street, Fitzroy Square. From 1856 to 1859 he was laid aside by illness. In 1860 he resumed his ministry with his old congregation, in a room in Gower Street, where he remained until the opening of his new place of worship, in 1862, (Morningto… Go to person page >

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First Line: My faith it is an oaken staff
Author: Thomas T. Lynch
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #4398
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Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #682
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #357
Small Church Music #421Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4398TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #418TextPage Scan
Include 13 pre-1979 instances