Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us

This hymn was written by English Anglican architect and hymn-writer James Edmeston (1791-1867). It was first published in 1821.

It was originally called "Hymn, Written for the Children of the London Orphan Asylum (Air Lewes). The structure (verses for Father, Son and Spirit) make it suitable for Trinity Sunday, and over the years it has sometimes been titled “A Hymn to the Trinity”.

With meter, tunes it is set to include:
  • MANNHEIM by Friedrich Filitz and harmonised by Lowell Mason
  • DULCE CARMEN, attributed to Michael Haydn


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Choir with organ - tune MANNHEIM:

Instrumental - organ - tune MANNHEIM:

Solo singer, self-accompanied on guitar - tune MANNHEIM  :

Instrumental, tune DULCE CARMEN:


Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
O'er the world's tempestuous sea;
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
For we have no help but thee;
Yet possessing every blessing
If our God our Father be.

Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er us,
All our weakness thou dost know;
Thou didst tread this earth before us,
Thou didst feel its keenest woe;
Self denying, death defying,
Thou to Calvary didst go.

Spirit of our God, descending,
Fill our hearts with heavenly joy;
Love with every passion blending,
Pleasure that can never cloy;
Thus provided, pardoned, guided,
Nothing can our peace destroy.

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