Have Thine Own Way, Lord!

Words: D • Adelaide Addison Pollard (1902)
Music:ADELAIDE • George C. Stebbins (1907)



Have Thine own way, Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Thou art the potter,
I am the clay.
Mold me and make me
After Thy will,
While I am waiting
Yielded and still.


Have Thine own way, Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me,
Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord,
Wash me just now,
As in Thy presence
Humbly I bow.


Have Thine own way, Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary,
Help me I pray!
Power, all power,
Surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me,
Savior divine!


Have Thine own way, Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being
Absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit
Till all shall see
Christ only always,
Living in me!

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 488 Identical Identical
Songs for Worship and Praise 383 Identical Identical
Songs of Faith and Praise 552 Lacks vs 3 Identical
Praise for the Lord 197 Identical Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 146 Lacks vs 3 Identical
Songs of the Church 169 Lacks vs 3 Identical
Sacred Selections 84 Identical Parts different at “After Thy will” (vs 1), measures 7-8
(parallel thirds between bass and soprano instead of
parallel sixths between alto and soprano
and alto and tenor adjusted accordingly)1
Christian Hymns No. 2 393 Lacks vs 3 Identical
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 55 Identical Identical

1This sort of difference can be seen even in the earliest publications of this hymn. See the page scans at hymnary.org.


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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15