Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer / Jehovah (Bread of Heaven)

Sometimes phrased "Guide me o Thou Great Jehovah", this hymn was originally written in Welsh (Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch), and published by Will­iam Will­iams in 1745, with five verses. It is based on themes from Exodus 12, 14 and 16.

It was trans­lat­ed to Eng­lish by Pe­ter Will­iams first published in Hymns on Var­i­ous Sub­jects in 1777.

It is usually sung to the tune Cwm Rhondda, Published by John Hughes in 1907. This tune has been used for a number of secular purposes also (rugby anthems, etc)

Other tunes that the lyrics have been set to include:

  • GUIDE ME by George War­ren (1884)
  • OIIPHANT by Low­ell Ma­son (1832)
  • PILGRIMATE BY George J. El­vey (1816-1893)
  • SEGUR Jo­seph P. Hol­brook (1862)
  • TURNER by Wal­ter O. Wil­kin­son (1895)
  • ZION by Thom­as Hast­ings (1830)

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Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer,
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.

Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold:
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer,
Sin, and satan and the grave,
Sin, and satan and the grave.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, 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.

Musing on my habitation,
Musing on my heav’nly home,
Fills my soul with holy longings:
Come, my Jesus, quickly come;
Vanity is all I see;
Lord, I long to be with Thee!
Lord, I long to be with Thee!

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