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HYMN OF THE WEEK with History and Inspiration
June 4, 2016

Welcome to the hymn of the week and the start of the summer season.

Psalm 23:3b
He leads me in the paths of His righteousness for His Name’s sake.

This next hymn study as you will agree, is a lovely one and a subject that most believers rely upon which is the Lord’s Leadership. I needed His leadership this past Tuesday when we had to make a serious decision about our old-time friend and pet cat, Meggie.

The next hymn is rightly called “HE LEADETH ME” by Joseph Henry Gilmore.
Joseph Gilmore, pastor, professor of Hebrew and English Literature, was educated at the Brown University and Newton Theological Seminary. He also spent several years as his father’s assistant, the New Hampshire Governor. Gilmore served as pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Rochester, New York and later in Fisherville, New Hampshire.

Research tells us that in 1862 during a sermon about the twenty-third Psalm, he was reminded of the darkest hours of the Civil War, he penciled this very hymn, only to set it aside. He thought no more about it. His wife later on had found the hymn and sent it in to be published. One day, years later, when Gilmore opened up a hymnal, much to his surprise, there was his hymn!

*First discovered by the lyricist Joseph Gilmore, 1865.

In his own words:
"When I returned home, I related this experience to my wife. 'I do not understand it,' I said. 'My words had been set to music by Dr. William B. Bradbury; yet I had not given the words to anybody.' My wife smiled and said, 'I can explain it, Joseph. I felt that the words would bless the hearts of people in these troublesome times; so I sent the poem to The Watchman and Reflector. I am glad to know that they have printed it.'" Words by: Joseph H. Gilmore, (resource:

Some of his works:
The Art of Expressions
Familiar Chats of Books and Reading
Outlines of English and American Literature

Other Hymns:
Jesus is Here
My Trembling Soul to Jesus Turned
We Dedicate to Jesus

Lyrics by: Joseph Henry Gilmore, Born: April 29, 1834, Boston, Massachusetts
Died: July 23, 1918, Rochester, New York

Music Composer: William B. Bradbury (1816-1868) Tune- HE LEADETH ME
(Special Note: The refrain was rearranged from the original version)

HE LEADETH ME: [1862] First published in 1864.
He leadeth me, O blessèd thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, over troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.


Suggested readings: Psalm 23:2-4, 31:3; Isaiah 48:17

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Phil. 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Allow God to lead the way. Be blessed.

If you have ever missed any older 'Hymns of the Week' research you can easily find them under more topics sections on the main page.

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HE is faithful.

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