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How Can I Serve Thee Best?

Where shall I go, Lord, where shall I go

Author: Flora Kirkland
Tune: [Where shall I go, Lord, where shall I go]
Published in 4 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Where shall I go, Lord, where shall I go?
Wisdom to guide me Thou wilt bestow;
Help me to go, Lord, where Thou dost lead,
Trusting Thy promise, "Grace for all need."

What shall it be, Lord, what shall it be?
How can I serve Thee, serve Thee best?
Speak unto me, Lord, speak unto me,
Help me to shrink from no test.

2 What shall I say, Lord, what shall I say?
Thou art my teacher, teach me today.
Only and ever help me to be
Speaking for Thee, Lord, speaking for Thee. [Refrain]

3 What shall I read, Lord, what shall I read?
Here Thy protection ever I need;
Led by Thy Spirit, sent from above,
E’en thro’ temptation safely I’ll move. [Refrain]

4 Purchased by Thee, Lord, now I am Thine,
Time, thought and effort nevermore mine;
Thou hast redeemed me, help me to be
Shining for Thee, Lord, only for Thee. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11715

Author: Flora Kirkland

Flora Kirkland was born in 1862 in Kentucky, before moving to Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from school she became a public school teacher for the seventh grade. She was a member of Tompkins Avenue Congregational Church for which she wrote a number of hymns. She was very active in the Wallabout Bay Mission in that neighborhood of Brooklyn. Most of Wallabout Bay would be filled in to make way for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She died 17 January 1911. Brooklyn Standard Union, 16 January 1911 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Where shall I go, Lord, where shall I go
Title: How Can I Serve Thee Best?
Author: Flora Kirkland
Language: English
Refrain First Line: What shall it be, Lord, what shall it be
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11715
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The Cyber Hymnal #11715

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