1 Jesus, our divine companion,
By your lowly human birth
You have come to join all workers,
Burden-bearers of the earth.
As the carpenter of Naz'reth,
Toiling for your daily food,
By your patience and your courage,
You have taught us work is good.
2 All who tread the path of labor
Follow where your feet have trod;
All who work without complaining
Do the holy will of God.
You, the peace surpassing knowledge,
Dwell with us in daily strife;
You, the Bread of heaven, broken
In the sacrament of life.
3 Ev'ry task, however simple,
Fills the soul with grace anew;
Ev'ry act of human kindness
Done in love is done to you.
Jesus, our divine companion,
Help us all to work our best;
Bless us in our daily labor,
Lead us to the Sabbath rest.
Source: RitualSong (2nd ed.) #901
|First Line:||Jesus, thou divine companion|
|Title:||Jesus, Thou divine companion|
|Author:||Henry Van Dyke (1909; alt.)|
|Source:||The Toiling of Felix and Other Poems, by Henry Van Dyke. (Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1900.)|