1 Lord of my life! O may Thy praise
Employ my noblest powers;
Whose goodness lengthens out my days,
And fills the circling hours.
2 Preserved by Thine almighty arm,
I pass the shades of night,
Serene and safe from every harm,
And see returning light.
3 When sleep, death's semblance, o'er me spread,
And I unconscious lay;
Thy watchful care was round my bed
To guard my feeble clay.
4 O let the same almighty care
My waking hours attend:
From every trespass, every snare,
My heedless steps defend.
5 Smile on my minutes as they roll,
And guide my future days;
And let Thy goodness fill my soul
With gratitude and praise.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #27
Lord of my life, O may Thy praise. Anne Steele. [Morning.] Appeared in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760, vol. i. p. 20, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, headed, "A Morning Hymn"; and again in D. Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863. In addition to its use in its original, and in an abbreviated form, it is also given in a few American collections, including the Presbyterian Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God, Richmond, 1867, as, "God of my life, my morning song.”
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)