1 Behold us, Lord a little space
From daily tasks set free,
And met within Thy holy place
To rest awhile with Thee.
2 Around us rolls the ceaseless tide
Of business, toil, and care,
And scarcely can we turn aside
For one brief hour of prayer.
3 Yet these are not the only walls
Wherein Thou mayst be sought;
On homeliest work thy blessing falls
In truth and patience wrought.
4 Thine is the loom, the forge, the mart,
The wealth of land and sea;
The worlds of science and of art,
Revealed and ruled by Thee.
5 Then let us prove our heavenly birth
In all we do and know,
And claim the kingdom of the earth
For Thee, and not thy foe.
6 Work shall be prayer, if all be wrought
As thou wouldst have it done;
And prayer, by thee inspired and taught,
Itself with work be one.
Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #317