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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

James Edmeston 1791–1867

Prayer to the Trinity

LEAD us, heavenly Father, lead us

O’er the world’s tempestuous sea;

Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,

For we have no help but thee;

Yet possessing

Every blessing,

If our God our Father be.

Saviour, breathe forgiveness o’er us;

All our weakness thou dost know;

Thou didst tread this earth before us,

Thou didst feel its keenest woe;

Lone and dreary,

Faint and weary,

Through the desert thou didst go.

Spirit of our God, descending,

Fill our hearts with heavenly joy;

Love with every passion blending,

Pleasure that can never cloy:

Thus provided,

Pardon’d, guided,

Nothing can our peace destroy.