Lord, for tomorrow and its needs

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs

Author: Ernest R. Wilberforce; Author: Sister Mary Xavier (1877)
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Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray;
Keep me, my God, from stain of sin,
Just for today.

Help me to labour earnestly
And duly pray;
Let me be kind in word and deed,
Father, today.

Let me be slow to do my will,
Prompt to obey;
Help me to sacrifice myself
Gladly, today.

Let me no wrong or idle word
Unthinking say;
Set thou a seal upon my lips
Through all today.

Let me in season, Lord, be grave,
In season gay:
Let me be faithful to thy grace,
Dear Lord, today.

And if today this life of mine
Should ebb away,
Give me thy Sacrament divine,
Father, today.

So for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray:
Still keep me, guide me, love me, Lord,
Through each today.


Author: Ernest R. Wilberforce

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Author: Sister Mary Xavier

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First Line: Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
Author: Sister Mary Xavier (1877)
Author: Ernest R. Wilberforce
Language: English


Lord! for tomorrow and its needs. [Strength for the Day.] The authoress, who desires to remain anonymous, informs me that this poem was written in 1877, and was first printed in the English Messenger of the Sacred Heart (Jan. 1880, p. 20, and signed "S. M. X."). It has been widely used, but generally altered and abridged. The full and correct form is in her In Hymnis et Canticis. Verses Sacred and Profane, by a Sister of Notre Dame (S. M. X), 1903, p. 28. These Verses were mostly written at Liverpool, for the students of the Liverpool Training College. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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