Thy Way, Not Mine

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Thy way, not mine, O Lord,

However dark it be;

Lead me by Thine own hand,

Choose out the path for me.

 

Smooth let it be or rough,

It will be still the best;

Winding or straight, it leads

Right onward to Thy rest.

 

I dare not choose my lot;

I would not, if I might;

Choose Thou for me, my God,

So I shall walk aright.

 

Take Thou my cup, and it

With joy or sorrow fill,

As best to Thee may seem;

Choose Thou my good and ill.

 

Choose Thou for me my friends,

My sickness or my health;

Choose Thou my cares for me

My poverty or wealth.

 

The kingdom that I seek

Is Thine: so let the way

That leads to it be Thine,

Else I must surely stray.

 

Not mine, not mine the choice

In things or great or small;

Be Thou my Guide, my Strength

My Wisdom, and my All.

 

–Horatius Bonar

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