1 Now that my journey’s just begun;
My course so little trod—
I’ll stay before I further go,
And give myself to God:
What sorrows may my steps attend,
I cannot now foretell;
But if the Lord will be my friend,
I know that all is well.
2 If all my earthly friends should die,
And leave me mourning here—
Since God regards the orphan’s cry—
Oh! what have I to fear?
If I am poor He can supply—
Who hath my table spread;
He feeds the ravens when they cry,
And fills His poor with bread.
3 And Lord, whatever grief or ill
For me may be in store,
Make me submissive to Thy will,
And I would ask no more;
And all the way be Thou my stay,
Whatever be my lot,
And when I’m feeble, old and gray,
Oh! God, forsake me not.
Taylor, Jane, the younger of two sisters, was born at London, Sept. 23, 1783. Her gift in writing verse displayed itself at an early age. Her first piece was printed in the Minor's Pocket Book for 1804. Her publications included Display, a tale, 1815; Essays in Rhymes, 1816; and the posthumous work edited by her brother, entitled The Contributions of Q. Q., 1824, being pieces in prose and verse from the Youth's Magazine, to which she had contributed under the signature of "Q. Q." She died at Ongar, Essex, April 13, 1824. Her Memoir and Poetical Remains, were published by her father in 1825.
The joint productions of the two sisters, Ann Taylor Gilbert & Jane Taylor, were:-- (1) Original Poems, 1805; (2) Hymns for the Nursery, 1806; (3) Hym… Go to person page >
Now that my journey's just begun. Jane Taylor. [Early Piety.] Appeared in Hymns for Infant Minds, by A. & J. Taylor, 1810, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, with the motto, "Early will I seek Thee" (edition 1886, p. 11). It is found in a few of the older hymn-books in an abbreviated form. With later compilers it is more popular, and is given in a great many collections for children. In a few hymnals, as the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, it begins, "Lord, now my journey's just begun."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)