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

This hymn, sometimes sung as "Guide me o Thou Great Jehovah", was originally written in Welsh (Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch), and by Will­iam Will­iams Pantycelyn 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)



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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