Be thou my guardian and guide (Abridge)

Be Thou my Guardian and my guide – Lyrics

Be Thou my Guardian and my guide;
And hear me when I call;
Let not my slippery footsteps slide,
And hold me lest I fall.

The world, the flesh, and Satan dwell
Around the path I tread;
O, save me from the snares of hell,
Thou quickener of the dead.

And if I tempted am to sin,
And outward things are strong,
Do Thou, O Lord, keep watch within,
And save my soul from wrong.

Still let me ever watch and pray,
And feel that I am frail;
That if the tempter cross my way,
Yet he may not prevail.


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  • Tune: Abridge
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Classical
  • Church Year: General | Church Year: Trinity
  • Composer: Isaac Smith (1734 – 1805)
  • Lyricist: Isaac Williams (1802-1865) in Hymns on the Catechism 1842
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright © 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.