In all my ways, in every task

Representative Text

1 In all my ways, in every task,
the counsel of my God I ask,
who rules all things aright;
unless he guides both thought and deed
the wisest plans cannot succeed;
in vain is human might.

2 I lean upon his mighty arm;
he keeps me safe from every harm
and all calamity.
If by his guidance I shall live,
whatever's useful he will give,
and naught can injure me.

3 To those I love he will be near,
their heart with bounteous gifts will cheer;
he is my shield and theirs;
and he will grant beyond our thought
what they and I alike have sought
with all our fervent prayers.

4 Then let me never be afraid,
but trust in him who all has made;
on him reliant rest.
Through life, wherever I may go,
my loving God will always know
what for my need is best.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #553

Author: Paul Flemming

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Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >


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Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #553

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