December 06, 2005

208R O Teacher, Let Me Walk With You

Original Title: "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee," Washington Gladden (1879), First Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, PLAISTOW, L.M., from Magdalen Hymns (c. 1760), Second Tune in Hymns of the Spirit Two, MARYTON, L.M., Henry Percey Smith (1874); New Title: "O Teacher, Let Me Walk With You," alt. REH (2005), MARYTON, L.M. Neither the hymn nor the tunes appear in Singing the Leaving Tradition, but the hymn, under the name "O Savior, Let Me Walk With You," to the tune MARYTON, is included in the United Church of Christ's New Century Hymnal as no. 503. Gladden was a Congregationalist minister, well known for his writings and lectures on social concerns during the 19th Century. The metaphor of walking or otherwise following occurs in the Christian Scriptures, in John 1:43, "Follow me," in Ephesians 4:1, where we are told to "lead a life worthy" to that we have been called, and in 1 John 2:6, in the line immediately after the lectionary reading for Easter 2B, in which we are told we "ought to walk as [Christ] walked." In the Hebrew Bible, famously, Micah 6:8 tells us what is required is that we "walk humbly" with our God.


1. O Tea-cher, let me walk with you,
in sim-ple paths of ser-vice true;
Tell me your se-cret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.

2. Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, win-ning word of love;
Show me the way-ward feet to stay,
and guide them in the home-ward way.

3. Show me your pa-tience; with me be
in clo-ser, dear-er, com-pa-ny,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that tri-umphs ov-er wrong.

4. In hope that sends a shin-ing ray
far down the fu-ture’s broad-ening way,
in peace that on-ly you can give,
O Tea-cher, with you let me live.

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