O Saviour, Bless Us Ere We Go   1 comment

Above:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Macon, Georgia, March 4, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopAlexanderSVisitToStPaulSMacon#5716153530942740434)

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), of the predecessor bodies of the United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962)

Words (1849), by Father Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), an English Anglo-Catholic who converted to Roman Catholicism

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1.  O Saviour, bless us ere we go;

Thy Word into our minds instill;

And make our lukewarm hearts to glow

With lowly love and fervent will.

Refrain

Through life’s long day, and death’s dark night,

O gentle Jesus, be our Light.

2.  The day is done, its hours have run,

And thou has taken count of all,

The scanty triumphs grace hath won,

The broken vow, the frequent fall.

Refrain

3.  Grant us, O Lord, from evil ways

True absolution and release;

And bless us more than in past days

With purity and inward peace.

Refrain

4.  Do more than pardon:  give us joy,

Sweet fear and sober liberty,

And loving hearts without alloy,

That only long to be like Thee.

Refrain

5.  Labor is sweet for Thou hast toiled;

And care is light for Thou hast cared;

Ah, never let our works be soiled

With self, or by deceit ensnared.

Refrain

6.  For all we love, the poor, the sad,

The sinful, unto Thee we call;

O let Thy mercy make us glad;

Thou art our Jesus and our All.

Refrain

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  1. Pingback: Frederick William Faber « GATHERED PRAYERS COLLECTED BY KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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