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.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11882