The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus, Still Lead On

For Epiphany

Words: "Jesu, geh voran," Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinsendorff (1700-1760)
Translation: Jane L. Borthwick in the Free Church Magazine, 1846

Music: Melody of "Sellen-Bräutigam," Adam Drese, 1698

1. Jesus, still lead on,
    Till our rest be won!
And although the way be cheerless,
We will follow, calm and fearless;
    Guide us by Thy hand
    To our Fatherland.

2. If the way be drear,
    If the foe be near,
Let not faithless fears o'ertake us,
Let not faith and hope forsake us,
    For, through many a foe,
    To our home we go!

3. When we seek relief
    From a long-felt grief
When oppressed by new temptations,
Lord, increase and perfect patience;
    Show us that bright shore
    Where we weep no more!

4. Jesus, still lead on,
    Till our rest be won!
Heavenly Leader, still direct us,
Still support, console, protect us,
    Till we safely stand
    In our Fatherland!


Also as "Jesus, Lead Thou On," as the title and first line of the first verse.

Sheet Music for "Jesus! Guide Our Way" from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #84, p. 129.

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