To Do Your Will

The author of this hymn is unknown: some sources say it is based on a Scottish ballad, while others say it is based on Psalm 40.

It is set to the tune  O WALY WALY - often known as "The Water is Wide", which is a traditional English / Scottish / Irish tune, depending on who you ask. This has been used for various other hymns including Lord Make me an Instrument of Peace.



Lead singer, guitar and band backing:

Tenor trio, professional recording:

Singer with contemporary-style backing - adapted tune:

Small choir with guitar - adapted tune:


To do your will, is my desire,
To live in you, Lord is my life.
To spread your love, through all the earth,
To find in you, the joy of life.

All of my days, I sing your praise,
Through all my nights, you are my life.
You will shine forth, through all my years,
And joyously will bring me home.

I search this world so restlessly,
Seeking a home from hate and strife.
I found in you, the strength to see,
The meaning of this troubled life.

And so my God, I give to you,
These raining words these restless rhymes,
And take my life as a tribute to,
Your endless love for humankind.

ABC Notation

T:To Do Your Will
Z:Transcribed by
D G A |"G" (B4B) "C"A G E|"G"(D4 D) D GF |
w:1~~~To do your will_ is my de-sire._ To live in
w:2~~~All of my days_ I sing your praise,_ through all my
w:3~~~I search this world_ so rest-less-ly,_ seek-ing a
w:4~~~And so my God_ I give to you,_ these rain-ing
|"Em"(G4 G) "Am"A B (c/2B/2)| "D" (A4 A) A "D7" B c |
w:1~~~you_ Lord is my_ life._ To spread Your
w:2~~~nights_ you are my_ life._ You will shine
w:3~~~home_ from hate and_ strife_ I found in
w:4~~~words_ these rest-less_ rhymes_ And take my
"Bm" (d4 d) "Am" (c/2B/2) AG | "Bm" (B4 B) A "C" G E |
w:1~~~love_ thro-ugh all the earth_ To find in
w:2~~~forth,_ thro-ugh all my years,_ And joy-ous-
w:3~~~you,_ the_ strength to see, _The mean-ing
w:4~~~life_ as a tri-bute to, _ Your end-less
"G" (D4 D) D "D7" E G y | y"G"(G4 G) ||
w:1~~~you,_ the joy of life._
w:2~~~ly_ will bring me home._
w:3~~~of_ this trou-bled life._
w:4~~~love_ for hu-man-kind._

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  1. The Lead sheet (melody + guitar chords)is incomplete... it ends at "to find in...."
    Am I doing something wrong when I download to print?

    1. Hi, I fixed a small problem with the sheet music the other day, and managed to totally drop off the last line at the same time. This is now fixed, - my apologies for the inconvenience.


  2. please help me with the copy of this song