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Begin the day with God, He is thy sun

Begin the day with God, He is thy sun

Author: Horatius Bonar
Tune: CAMBRIDGE (Harrison)
Published in 21 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

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

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Begin the day with God, He is thy sun
Author: Horatius Bonar

Notes

Begin the day with God. H. Bonar. [Morning.] Published in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 2nd Series, 1861, p. 163, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Begin with God." Also in Hymns by Horatius Bonar, 1904, p. 98, abbreviated to 7 stanzas. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #11882
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

Instances

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50 Hymns and Tunes: arranged for the Girl's High School, Boston: and adapted to school and home use #35Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #693Page Scan
A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #521Page Scan
Church and Sunday School Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs ... [with Deutscher Anhang] #277Page Scan
Common Praise: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #5Page Scan
Coronation Songs #d21
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d54
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #105Page Scan
Hymns of Faith and Hope (2nd series) #163Page Scan
Hymns of the Advent #217Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages (3rd series) #105Page Scan
Hymns of the Morning: Designed for the use of God's People #217Page Scan
Hymns of the Rural Spirit #d9
Loving Voices: for Sunday-school, church and home circle #5Page Scan
Priceless Jewels #d6
Songs of the Peacemaker: a collection of sacred songs and hymns for use in all services of the church, Sunday-school, home circle, and all kinds of evangelistic work #1aPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #11882TextScoreAudio
The Gospel Hymnal #d53
The Peacemaker: a collection of sacred songs and hymns for use in all services of the church, Sunday-school, home circle, and all kinds of evangelistic work #13Page Scan
The Pilgrim Hymnal #484Page Scan
The Pilgrim Hymnal: with responsive readings and other aids to worship #616Page Scan
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