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First Line: O thou great friend to all sons of men
Last Line: To uplift their bleeding brothers from the dust.
Variant Title(s): The Way, The Truth, And The Life
Subject(s): Jesus Christ

O THOU great Friend to all the sons of men,
Who once appeared in humblest guise below,
Sin to rebuke, to break the captive's chain,
And call thy brethren forth from want and woe, --

We look to thee! thy truth is still the Light
Which guides the nations, groping on their way,
Stumbling and falling in disastrous night,
Yet hoping ever for the perfect day.

Yes; thou art still the Life, thou art the Way
The holiest know; Light, Life, the way of heaven!
And they who dearest hope and dearest pray,
Toil by the Light, Life, Way which thou hast given.
And by thy truth aspiring mortals trust
To uplift their bleeding brothers from the dust.

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