Lead Gently, Lord

Cold winter morning by net_efekt licensed under CC BY 2.0
Cold winter morning by net_efekt licensed under CC BY 2.0

Poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar
SATB Choir

 

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Lead Gently, Lord

Lead gently, Lord, and slow,
For oh, my steps are weak,
And ever as I go,
Some soothing sentence speak;

That I may turn my face
Through doubt’s obscurity
Toward thine abiding-place,
E’en tho’ I cannot see.

For lo, the way is dark;
Through mist and cloud I grope,
Save for that fitful spark,
The little flame of hope.

Lead gently, Lord, and slow,
For fear that I may fall;
I know not where to go
Unless I hear thy call.

My fainting soul doth yearn
For thy green hills afar;
So let thy mercy burn–
My greater, guiding star!