When Israel through the desert passed,
A fiery pillar went before,
To guide them through the dreary waste,
And lessen the fatigues they bore.
Such is Thy glorious Word, O Lord,
’Tis for our light and guidance given;
It sheds a lustre all abroad,
And points the path to bliss and heaven.
It fills the soul with sweet delight,
And quickens its inactive powers;
It sets our wandering footsteps right,
Displays Thy love and kindles ours.
Its promises rejoice our hearts,
Its doctrines are divinely true;
Knowledge and pleasure it imparts,
It comforts and instructs us too.