1 Lord of the Church, we humbly pray
For those who guide us in Thy way,
And speak Thy holy word;
With love divine their hearts inspire,
And touch their lips with hallowed fire,
And needful strength afford.
2 Help them to preach the truth of God,
Redemption through the Saviour's blood;
Nor let the Spirit cease
On all the Church His gifts to shower;
To them a messenger of power,
To us, of life and peace.
3 So may they live to Thee alone;
Then hear the welcome word,"Well done!"
And take their crown above;
Enter into their Master's joy,
And all eternity employ
In praise, and bliss, and love.
The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892
Lord of the Church, we humbly pray. E. Osler. [Whitsuntide.] First published in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 219, in 3 stanzas of 6 lines, and again, with slight alterations, in the author's Church and King, April, 1837, p. 112. It is an altered version by Osler of Charles Wesley's "Thou, Jesu, Thou my breast inspire" (q.v.). Wesley's original text, however, is scarcely recognizable in the form given to it by Osler, save in the last six lines, which are almost entirely from Wesley. The Irish Church Hymnal follows the text of the Mitre. Its use is extensive.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)