Thus Far My God Hath Led Me On

Thus far my God has led me on,
And made his truth and mercy known,
My hopes and fears alternate rise,
And comforts mingle with my sighs.

Thro’ this wide wilderness I roam,
Far distant from my blissful home;
Lord, let thy presence be my stay,
And guard me in this dangerous way.

Temptations ev’ry whee annoy,
And sins and snares my peace destroy;
My earthly joys are from me torn,
And oft an absent God I mourn.

My soul with various tempests toss’d,
Her hopes o’erturn’d, her projects cross’d,
Sees ev’ry day new straits attend,
And wonders where the scene will end.

Is this, dear Lord, that thorny road,
Which leads us to the mount of God?
Are these the toils thy people know,
While in the wilderness below?

‘Tis even so, thy faithful love
Doth all thy children’s graces prove;
‘Tis thus our pride and self must fall,
That Jesus may be all in all.