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As thy day thy strength shall be, Is the promise given thee

As thy day thy strength shall be, Is the promise given thee

Author: Frances R. Havergal
Published in 19 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 As thy day thy strength shall be
This should be enough for thee;
He who knows thy frame will spare
Burdens more than thou canst bear.

2 When thy days are veiled in night,
Christ shall give thee heavenly light;
Are they wearisome and long?
Yet in Him thou shalt be strong.

3 Cold and wintry though they prove,
Thine the sunshine of His love;
If with fervid heat opprest,
In His shadow thou shalt rest.

4 When thy days on earth are past,
Christ shall call thee home at last,
His redeeming love to praise,
Who hath strengthened all thy days.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #500

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 >

Text Information

First Line: As thy day thy strength shall be, Is the promise given thee
Author: Frances R. Havergal
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Jesus loves and cares for me
Copyright: Public Domain


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)



Instances (1 - 19 of 19)
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Christian Praise #410

Gesangbuch zum Gebrauch der Evangelischen Bruedergemeinen #d25

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #855

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #680

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Hymns for the Church on Earth #333

Message of Victory, Burning Bush Songs No. 6 #d2

Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #d43

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Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #500

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Methodist Hymn-Book #502

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Methodist Tune Book #272

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #45

Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d29

Songs of Praise and Prayer #d21

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Songs of Praise and Prayer #220

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #771

The Crowning Triumph #d10

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The Helper in Sacred Song #147

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #497

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