Words: Love M. Whitcomb Willis, 1864

Music: Traditional English melody, adapt. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906

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Verse 1:
Father, hear the prayer we offer:
not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength that we may ever
live our lives courageously.

Verse 2:
Not for ever in green pastures
do we ask our way to be;
but the steep and rugged pathway
may we tread rejoicingly.

Verse 3:
Not for ever by still waters
would we idly rest and stay;
but would smite the living fountains
from the rocks along our way.

Verse 4:
Be our strength in hours of weakness,
in our wand'rings be our guide;
through endeavor, failure, danger,
Father, be Thou at our side.
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