As thy day thy strength shall be

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1 As thy day thy strength shall be,
Is the promise given thee
By the Father, God and Friend,
Who relief will ever send,
As in humble fervent prayer
Thou dost all thy need declare.

2 As thy day thy strength shall be.
Think not what may happen thee!
Leave the future in his care
Who guards all things ev’rywhere,—
Guides the earth upon its way
By His universal sway.

3 Think’st thou he’ll forget his child
Journeying through the dang’rous wild
Of this world’s entangling snares,
Toiling ‘mid depressing cares?
Ev’ryday of life thou’lt see
AS thy day thy strength shall be.

Source: The Helper in Sacred Song: for Sunday-schools, churches, and devotional services #147

Author: P. Munzinger

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Author: Frances R. Havergal

Havergal, Frances Ridley, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal, was born at Astley, Worcestershire, Dec. 14, 1836. Five years later her father removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." A short sojourn in Germany followed, and on her return she was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral, July 17, 1853. In 1860 she left Worcester on her father resigning the Rectory of St. Nicholas, and resided at different periods in Leamington, and at Caswall Bay, Swansea, broken by visits to Switzerland, Scotland, and North Wales. She died… Go to person page >

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First Line: As thy day thy strength shall be
Author: P. Munzinger
Author: Frances R. Havergal
Refrain First Line: Jesus loves and cares for me

Notes

As thy day thy strength shall be. Frances R. Havergal. [Daily Strength.] Written Jan. 1, 1859, and published in the Sunday Magazine, July 1867. It was also inscribed by the author in the Album of her sister (Miss M. V. G. Havergal), and from that has been lithographed in facsimile in Miss M. Havergal's Memorials of her. Miss Havergal's note on the hymn is:—

"The New Year's Bells were ringing in St. Nicholas' Church close to our Rectory (Worcester). I was sleeping with my sister Maria; she roused me to hear them, and quoted the text, ‘As thy days thy strength shall be,' as a New Year's Motto. I did not answer, but presently returned it to her in rhyme (the two first verses, I think). She was pleased, so I finished it the next day and gave it her. The last verse, with a slight alteration, was placed by my cousins on Aunt Izard's tomb, 1868, thus:—
"Now thy days on earth are past,
Christ hath called thee home at last" [Havergal Manuscript]

This hymn is not in common use in Great Britain, but it has been adopted by various American compilers, and is given in Hymns and Songs of Praise, N. Y., 1874, Songs of Christian Praise, N. Y., 1880, &c.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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