11882. Begin With God

1 Begin the day with God!
He is thy sun and day;
His is the radiance of thy dawn,
To Him address thy lay.

2 Sing a new song at morn!
Join the glad woods and hills;
Join the fresh winds and seas and plains,
Join the bright flowers and rills.

3 Sing thy first song to God
Not to thy fellow man;
Not to the creatures of His hand,
But to the glorious One.

4 Awake, cold lips, and sing!
Arise, dull knees, and pray;
Lift up, O man, thy heart and eyes;
Brush slothfulness away.

5 Look up, beyond these clouds!
Thither thy pathway lies;
Mount up, away, and linger not,
Thy goal is yonder skies.

6 Cast every weight aside!
Do battle with each sin;
Fight with the faithless world without,
The faithless heart within.

7 Take thy first meal with God!
He is thy heavenly food;
Feed with and on Him; He with thee
Will feast in brotherhood.

8 Take thy first walk with God!
Let Him go forth with thee;
By stream or sea or mountain path,
Seek still His company.

9 Thy first transaction be
With God Himself above;
So shall thy business prosper well,
And all the day be love.

Text Information
First Line: Begin the day with God!
Title: Begin With God
Author: Horatius Bonar
Meter: SM
Language: English
Source: Hymns of Faith and Hope 2nd series (London, James Nisbet, 1861)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Harrison (1784)
Arranger: S. S. Wesley
Meter: SM
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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