I Owe the Lord a Morning Song

I owe the Lord a morning song

Author: Amos Herr
Tune: GRATITUDE (Herr)
Published in 13 hymnals

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1 I owe the Lord a morning song
of gratitude and praise,
for the kind mercy freely shown
in length’ning out my days.

2 God kept me safe another night;
I see another day.
Now, Holy Spirit, as the light,
direct me in your way.

3 Keep me from danger and from sin,
help me your will to do,
so that my heart be pure within,
and I your goodness know.

4 Keep me until you call me hence,
where never night can be,
and save me, God, for Jesus’ sake;
he shed his blood for me.

Source: Voices Together #496

Author: Amos Herr

Born: February 13, 1816, Lime Valley, Pennsylvania. Died: June 19, 1897, Strasburg Township, Pennsylvania. Buried: Willow Street Mennonite Church Cemetery, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Amos Herr (13 February 1816-19 June 1897), a Mennonite preacher in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, wrote the beloved hymn, "I Owe the Lord a Morning Song," one Sunday morning when the snowdrifts would not permit even horseback riding to church. He was a son of Christian Herr of Pequea, a Mennonite bishop, who, as did Amos, always lived on part of the original Herr acres (of 1710), along the Beaver Valley Pike, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Ordained a preacher in 1850, he was an ardent advocate of English preaching and of Sunday school. He was the fi… Go to person page >

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First Line: I owe the Lord a morning song
Title: I Owe the Lord a Morning Song
Author: Amos Herr
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #200

Hymnal #651


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Voices Together #496

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