Be thou my guardian and my guide


Be thou my guardian and my guide,
and hear me when I call;
let not my slippery footsteps slide,
and hold me lest I fall.

The world, the flesh, and Satan dwell
around the path I tread;
O save me from the snares of hell,
thou Quickener of the dead.

And if I tempted am to sin,
and outward things are strong,
do thou, O Lord, keep watch within,
and save my soul from wrong.

Still let me ever watch and pray,
and feel that I am frail;
that if the tempter cross my way,
yet he may not prevail.


Words: Isaac Williams (1802-1865), 1842

Music: Abridge (Isaac Smith, 1734-1805)

Meter: CM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 334 Abridge  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 282 Abridge  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 240    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 464 Abridge  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 367 Abridge  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 485 Abridge  
The English Hymnal, 1906 369 Abridge  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 402 Abridge, St. Agnes  
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 577 Abridge  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 185 Abridge  
Songs of Praise, 1925 062 Abridge  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 100 Abridge  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 448 Abridge  
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 300 Abridge  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 522 Abridge  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 146 Abridge  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 498 Abridge  
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 217 Abridge  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 064 Abridge  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 374 Abridge, Ballerma  
Church Family Worship, 1988 124 Abridge  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 055 Abridge  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999 512 Abridge  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 385 Abridge  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 069 Abridge  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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