Lord, for tomorrow and its needs

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs

Author: Sister Mary Xavier (1877)
Published in 201 hymnals

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1 Lord, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray;
keep me, my God, from stain of sin,
just for today.

2 Let me both diligently work
and duly pray;
let me be kind in word and deed,
just for today.

3 Let me no wrong or idle word
unthinking say;
set thou a seal upon my lips,
just for today.

4 And if today my tide of life
should ebb away,
give me thy sacraments divine,
sweet Lord, today.

5 So, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray;
but keep me, guide me, love me, Lord,
just for today.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #410

Author: Sister Mary Xavier

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Lord! for tomorrow and its needs. [Strength for the Day.] The authoress, who desires to remain anonymous, informs me that this poem was written in 1877, and was first printed in the English Messenger of the Sacred Heart (Jan. 1880, p. 20, and signed "S. M. X."). It has been widely used, but generally altered and abridged. The full and correct form is in her In Hymnis et Canticis. Verses Sacred and Profane, by a Sister of Notre Dame (S. M. X), 1903, p. 28. These Verses were mostly written at Liverpool, for the students of the Liverpool Training College. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #331

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #57

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #468

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #410


The Cyber Hymnal #3483

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #4

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