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

This is a hymn of petition for God's guidance.  It is based on a Welsh hymn, Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch, written by William Williams Pantycelyn in 1745, which is based on themes from Exodus 12, 14 and 16.

In some church-traditions, the hymn is known as as "Guide me o Thou Great Jehovah".

It was translated to English by Welch at-the-time Methodist itinerant preacher, Peter Williams (1723-1796), and first published in Hymns on Various Subjects in 1777.

With metre, the hymn is usually sung to the tune Cwm Rhondda, which was published by John Hughes in 1907. This tune has been used for a number of secular purposes, eg rugby anthems.

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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Men's choir, with organ

Choir and congregation, with organ:

Singer, self-accompanied on guitar:


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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