Singing through the Year: O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

This Sunday’s hymn is “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”—a personal prayer for guidance and strength to follow Christ in daily life.

The hymn text is by Washington Gladden (1836-1918), a Congregational pastor who spent the last 36 years of his life ministering in Columbus, Ohio. This hymn reflects his focus on the social gospel and its emphasis on working toward a better world through specific, practical actions.

Here’s a piano version if you’d like to learn the melody and a choral version that is lovely to listen to.

O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me thy patience, still with thee
in closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong.

In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future’s broadening way,
in peace that only thou canst give,
with thee, O Master, let me live.

Singing through the Year is a weekly series of hymns related to upcoming Sundays’ lectionary readings. It features hymns that will be sung at the church where I am organist.