#538 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Words by William Williams, 1745 (1717-1791)

Music by John Hughes (1873-1932)


Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,

pilgrim through this barren land.

I am weak, but thou art mighty;

hold me with thy powerful hand.

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,

feed me till I want no more;

feed me till I want no more.


Open now the crystal fountain,

whence the healing stream doth flow;

let the fire and cloudy pillar

lead me all my journey through.

Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,

be thou still my strength and shield;

be thou still my strength and shield.


When I tread the verge of Jordan,

bid my anxious fears subside;

death of death and hell's destruction,

land me safe on Canaan's side.

Songs of praises, songs of praises,

I will ever give to thee;

I will ever give to thee.

     Known as the “Sweet Singer of Wales,” Wiliam Williams was ordained a deacon of the Established Church in 1740 by Dr. Claget, Bishop of St. David’s, and for three years served the curacies of Llanwrtyd and Llanddewi-Abergwesyn; he never received Priest’s Orders. He became early acquainted with the revivalist Daniel Rowlands, and for 35 years preached monthly at Llaullian, Caio, and Llansawel, beside making preaching journeys in north and south Wales. He was held in great esteem as a preacher.