Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume I/Be Thou My Guide

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BE Thou my guide, and I will walk in darkness
As one who treads the beamy heights of day,
Feeling a gladness amid desert sadness,
And breathing vernal fragrance all the way.

Be Thou my wealth, and, reft of all besides Thee,
I will forget the strife for meaner things,
Blest in the sweetness of thy rare completeness,
And opulent beyond the dream of kings.

Be Thou my strength, O lowly One and saintly!
And, though unvisioned ills about me throng,
Though danger woo me and deceit pursue me,
Yet in the thought of Thee I will be strong!