|Text:||Help Us, O Lord! Behold, We Enter|
|Tune:||ICH STERBE TÄGLICH|
1 Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter
Upon another year today;
In Thee our hopes and tho'ts now center,
Renew our courage for the way.
New life, new strength, new happiness,
We ask of Thee--oh, hear and bless!
2 May ev'ry plan and undertaking
This year be all begun with Thee;
When I am sleeping or am waking,
Still let me know Thou art with me.
Abroad do Thou my footsteps guide,
At home be ever at my side.
3 Be this a time of grace and pardon.
Thy rod I take with willing mind,
But suffer naught my heart to harden;
Oh, let me then Thy mercy find!
In Thee alone, my God, I live;
Thou only canst my sins forgive.
4 And may this year to me be holy;
Thy grace so fill my ev'ry thought
That all my life be pure and lowly
And truthful, as a Christian’s ought.
So make me while yet dwelling here
Pious and blest from year to year.
5 Jesus, be with me and direct me;
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;
Jesus, be all my heart’s Desire;
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day
Nor suffer me to fall away.
6 And grant, Lord, when the year is over,
That it for me in peace may close;
In all things care for me and cover
My head in time of fear and woes.
So may I when my years are gone
Appear with joy before Thy throne.
|First Line:||Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter|
|Title:||Help Us, O Lord! Behold, We Enter|
|German Title:||Hilf, Herr Jesu, lass gelinigen|
|Translator:||Catherine Winkworth (1863)|
|Author:||Johann Rist (1642, cento)|
|Topic:||The Church Year: New Year|
|Name:||ICH STERBE TÄGLICH|
|Source:||Ms., Municipal Library Leipzig, 1756|