O'er the trackless ocean guided

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1. O’er the trackless ocean guided
By Thy hand our fathers came;
They, O Lord, in Thee confided,
Loved Thy day, revered Thy name;
Nor would we, their faith despising,
False to their devotion be,
But, on wings of pray’r arising,
Lift our contrite hearts to Thee.

2. In the new land, wild and lonely,
Rude the homes which they upraised;
There they sought unto Thee only,
There Thy love and mercy praise;
In our fairer habitations,
May their zeal in us increase,
While Thy gracious consolations
Prove our everlasting peace.

3. Destined for their fathers’ places,
Age on until the end,
Keep, O keep, our children’s faces
Turned to Thee, our changeless Friend;
And may all who boon of Heaven
Now or evermore shall crave,
Know on earth Thy blessing given,
Glory find beyond the grave.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5400

Author: William Henry Adams

Adams, William Henry. (Ullastone, England, July 3, 1864-January 25, 1932, Aurora, Ontario.). Methodist/United Church. After graduating from Richmond (England) Theological College, he came in 1886 as a missionary to Newfoundland, serving at Burgeo, Topsail, and St. John's West. In 1891 he transferred to Ontario, where he was pastor at Haliburton (1891-1893), St. Ola (1893-1895), Dalrymple (1895-1897), Ivanhow (1897-1899), Orono (1899-1901), Claremont (1901-1903), Tamworth (1903-1905), Norwood (1905-1909), Penetanguishene (1909-1912), Downsview (1914-1918), Don Mills (1918-1920), Thornton (1920-1925), and Beeton (1925-1928). While he contributed much verse to magazines, only his hymn "for a pioneer service" spoke directly to those generations… Go to person page >

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First Line: O'er the trackless ocean guided
Author: William Henry Adams
Copyright: Public Domain



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