He leadeth me! O blessed thought

He leadeth me! O blessed thought. Joseph H. Gilmore* (1834-1918). Written after giving a sermon on Psalm 23 ( verse 2b, ‘he leadeth me beside the still waters’) as a visiting preacher at First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, on 26 March 1862, when Gilmore was newly ordained. It was published under an alias, ‘Contoocook’ (unexplained), in the Boston newspaper, The Watchman and Reflector (26 March 1862), sent to the paper by Gilmore’s wife. It is often remembered for its refrain: 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. It was later published anonymously in The Golden Censer (1864), edited by William...

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