Take thou my hand and lead me unto the end

Representative Text

1 Take Thou my hand and lead me
Unto the end;
In life and death I need Thee,
O blessed Friend;
I cannot live without Thee
For one brief day;
Lord, be Thou ever near me,
And lead the way.

2 Thou mighty God of ages,
O be Thou near;
When angry tempest rages
I need not fear;
Close by Thy side abiding
I fear no foe,
While Thy strong hand is guiding
Life hath no woe.

3 When evening’s shadows lengthen,
The night is come,
My faint heart, Father, strengthen
And bring me home.
Take Thou my hand and lead me
Unto the end,
In life and death I need Thee,
O blessed Friend!

Source: Elmhurst Hymnal: and orders of worship for the Sunday school, young people's meetings and church services #187

Translator: R. A. John

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Author: Julie von Hausmann

Julie Katharina von Hausmann (born 7 March [O.S. 19 March] 1826 in Riga; died 2 August [O.S. 15 August] 1901 in Võsu, Estonia) was a Baltic German poet, known for the hymn Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me (German: So nimm denn meine Hände) with a melody by Friedrich Silcher. Earlier translations had been made by Herman Brueckner as "O take my hand, dear Father" and Elmer Leon Jorgenson as "Take Thou My Hand, and Lead Me." The hymn has also been translated by Martha D. Lange, whose version appears in the Great Songs of the Church Revised (1986). Julie Hausmann was the daughter of a teach­er. She worked for a while as a gov­ern­ess, but due to her ill health she lived with and cared for her fa­ther, who had gone blind. Af­ter his deat… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Take thou my hand and lead me unto the end
German Title: So Nimm Denn Meine Hände
Translator: R. A. John
Author: Julie von Hausmann
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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