Lord of All Hopefulness

Representative Text

1 Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy:
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

2 Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe:
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

3 Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace:
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

4 Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm:
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Source: Sing the Faith #2197

Author: Jan Struther

Pseudonym: Jan Struther. Born Joyce Anstruther, also known as Joyce Maxtone Graham Placzek and Mrs. A. K. Placzek. LOC Authority name is Jan Struther  Go to person page >


Scripture References: st. 2 = Ps. 25:5 st. 4 = Ps. 4:8 Joyce Torrens-Graham (b. Westminster, London, England, 1901; d. New York, NY, 1953) wrote many poems and essays under the pen name of Jan Struther (derived from her mother's maiden name, Eva Anstruther). She wrote this text at the request of Percy Dearmer, with whom she prepared the enlarged edition of Songs of Praise (1931). It was first published in that hymnal to the tune SLANE. According to Frank Colquhoun, the text "is a work with a warm human touch, a healthy spiritual tone, and well merits its popularity." It is one of the best examples of the "all-day" hymn texts (dealing with the whole day, from morning to evening). The four stanzas begin by addressing God in terms of his attributes and then ask for specific blessings for morning, noon, evening, and night. Displaying a consistent literary structure, the text, according to Dearmer, "is indeed a lovely example of the fitting together of thought, words and music." In addition to her pen name, Struther also had the married names of Mrs. Anthony Maxtone Graham and, from a second marriage, Mrs. Adolf Kurt Placzek. During World War II she moved with her children to New York City and remained there until her death. In England she is best known for her novel Mrs. Miniver (1940), which consists of sketches of British family life before World War II. Immensely popular, the book was later made into a movie. Struther also wrote comic and serious poetry, essays, and short stories, published in Betsinda Dances and Other Poems (1931), Try Anything Twice (1938), The Glass Blower (1941), and, posthumously, The Children's Bells (1957). Songs of Praise (1931) included twelve of her hymn texts. Liturgical Use: Occasions of worship that focus on trusting the Lord's guidance; the hymn's "all day" theme also permits a choice of stanzas for specific times. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



SLANE is an old Irish folk tune associated with the ballad "With My Love on the Road" in Patrick W. Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909). It became a hymn tune when it was arranged by David Evans (PHH 285) and set to the Irish hymn "Be Thou My Vision" published in the Church Hymnary (1927).…

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #588
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #713
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #467
Catholic Book of Worship III #497
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #678
Christian Worship: supplement #769
Church Family Worship #86
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #618
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #166
Common Praise (1998) #506
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #507
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #413
Complete Mission Praise #882
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #59
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #765
Gather (3rd ed.) #663
Gather Comprehensive #578
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #560
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #683Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #482
Hymnal Supplement 98 #886
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #394
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #552a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #552b
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #265
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #101
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #185
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #313
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #378Audio
Lutheran Service Book #738
Moravian Book of Worship #802
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #556
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #1036
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #558Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #174
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #509
Sing the Faith #2197Text
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #261
Singing the Faith #526
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #89
The Faith We Sing #2197
The New English Hymnal #239
The Worshiping Church #369
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #613
Worship (3rd ed.) #568
Worship (4th ed.) #686
Worship and Rejoice #469
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