Thy way, not mine, O Lord!
     However dark it be;

Thy way, not mine, O Lord!
    However dark it be;
Lead me by Thine own hand,
     Choose out the path for me.

Smooth let it be, or rough,
     It will be still the best;
Winding or straight it matters not
     It leads me to Thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot,
     I would not if I might;
Choose Thou for me, O God!
     So shall I walk aright.

The kingdom that I seek
     Is Thine; so let the way
That leads to it be thine
     Else I must surely stray.

Take Thou my cup, and it
     With joy or sorrow fill;
As best to Thee may seem;
     Choose Thou my good or ill.

Choose Thou for me my friends
     My sickness or my health;
Choose thou my cares for me,
     My poverty or wealth.

Not mine, not mine the choice
     In things or great or small;
Be Thou my guide, my strength,
     My wisdom and my all.

~ Horatius Bonar