"Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways"
by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p. 299
1. Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways
To keep His statutes still!
Oh, that my God would grant me grace
To know and do His will!
2. Order my footsteps by Thy Word
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear.
3. Assist my soul, too apt to stray,
A stricter watch to keep;
And should I e'er forget Thy way,
Restore Thy wandering sheep.
4. Make me to walk in Thy commands,--
'Tis a delightful road,--
Nor let my head or heart or hands
Offend against my God.
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Hymn #416 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 119:5, 33
Author: Isaac Watts, 1719, cento, alt.
Composer: William H. Havergal, 1846