Lead Us, Father, Gently (Foliat House – 3 Verses) – Piano Ensemble


Lead us, Father, gently lead us
From all empty pride;
Save us, Lord, from sole ambition,
Let us follow Your direction.

Lead us, Father, gently lead us
From a mere foothill
Of our predestined vocation,
According to Your precious will.

Lead us, Father, gently lead us
By Thy light divine;
Protect us from sin’s destruction,
Guide us by Your true reflection.

Lyrics © 2020 Verna Penn Moll. All Rights Reserved. 


  • Tune: Foliat House copyright © 2020 Richard M.S. Irwin (b. 1955), used with permission.
  • Performance ℗ 2020 Richard M.S. Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900205

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“Lead Us, Father” is a gentle lullaby of a hymn and one of series written by Virgin Island author, Verna Penn Moll. She has edited and written several books and other publications  including,  Poetic Prayers: Where Cultures Meet, 1999; Methodism: 200 years of Witness 1810-2010, 2010; Land Acquisition by Virgin Islanders, 2000; This Land: A Trust From God,  2014; and Funintun’s Christmas: traditional Christmas Customs of the BVI. The cover shows an example of Delonix regia (Flamboyant Tree) from Verna’s garden.

“Lead Us, Father” has been set to a new tune by Richard Irwin, called “Foliat House” after the original name of the house in Draycot Foliat in which Richard and his family live. Played here by a Piano Ensemble with Flute, French Horn and Bassoon, recorded and produced by Richard Irwin.

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