Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

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Using the tune 'Gloaming' as seen in Relief Society Song Book, 1919, no. 49

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  • Poet: William Williams (1717–1791), 1745[4]—originally written in Welsh
  • English translation: There are at least two versions of the song, and both appear to be translations rather than adaptations of each other. One is by William Williams and Peter Williams (1722–1796). The other (the one used in LDS tradition) is of unknown origin, but possibly done by Robert Robinson (or perhaps a Welsh LDS musician, such as Evan Stephens, although the latter is pure speculation).
    • Notice how one of the earliest LDS versions below says 'Saints upon the promised land' instead of 'lead/guide us to the promised land'. Veramet 02:23, 24 August 2010 (MDT)
    • After the research I've done, I can't account for why Our Latter-day Hymns and the 1985 LDS hymnal credit the LDS-used version of the hymn as having the same translator as the other version. Older LDS hymnals credit Robert Robinson, but there are no remarks upon the change. Perhaps there is further information somewhere, but I have yet to find it. Veramet 02:23, 24 August 2010 (MDT)
  • Copyright: Public Domain

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Lyrics from Relief Society Song Book, 1919, no. 49

1. Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Lead us to the promised land,
We are weak, but Thou art able—
Hold us with Thy pow’rful hand.
Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit,
Feed us till the Saviour comes.
Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit,
Feed us till the Saviour comes.

2. Open, Jesus, Zion’s fountains,
Let her richest blessings come,
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Guard us to this holy home.
Great Redeemer,
Great Redeemer,
Bring, O bring the welcome day!
Great Redeemer,
Great Redeemer,
Bring, O bring the welcome day!

3. When the earth begins to tremble,
Bid our fearful thoughts be still;
When Thy judgments spread destruction,
Keep us safe on Zion’s hill.
Singing praises,
Singing praises,
Songs of glory unto Thee.
Singing praises,
Singing praises,
Songs of glory unto Thee.

Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, 1840

Hymn 228
8 7 8 7 4 7
1. Guide us, O thou great Jehovah,
Saints upon the promised land;
We are weak but thou art able,
Hold us with thy powerful hand:
Holy Spirit,
Feed us till the Saviour comes.

2. Open, Jesus, Zion's fountains:
Let her richest blessings come;
Let the fiery cloudy pillar
Guard us in this holy home.
Great Redeemer,
Bring, O bring the welcome day!

3. When the earth begins to tremble,
Bid our fearful thoughts be still;
When thy judgements spread destruction,
Keep us safe on Zion's hill,
Singing praises,
Songs of glory unto thee.

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