With the Lord Begin Thy Task   2 comments

Church of the Ascension

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, Georgia, May 10, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Anonymous German Text (1734)

English Translation (1937) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  With the Lord begin thy task,

Jesus will direct it;

For His aid and counsel ask,

Jesus will perfect it.

Ev’ry morn with Jesus rise,

And when day is ended,

In His name then close thine eyes;

Be to Him commended.

2.  Let each day begin with prayer,

Praise, and adoration;

On the Lord cast ev’ry care,

He is thy Salvation.

Morning, evening, and at night

Jesus will be near thee,

Save from the Tempter’s might,

With His presence cheer thee.

3.  With thy Savior at thy side,

Foes need not alarm thee;

In His promises confide,

And no ill can harm thee.

All thy trust do thou repose

In the mighty Master,

Who in wisdom truly knows

How to stem disaster.

4.  If thy task be thus begun

With the Savior’s blessing,

Safely then thy course will run,

Naught thy soul distressing.

Good will follow everywhere

While thou here must wander;

Thou at last the joy wilt share

In the mansions yonder.

5.  Thus, Lord Jesus, every task

Be to Thee commended;

May Thy will be done, I ask,

Until life is ended.

Jesus, in Thy name begun

Be the day’s endeavor;

Grant that it may well be done

To Thy praise forever.

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