1. Today, O Lord, a holier work
Thy secret counsels frame,
A king to rule Thy new made world,
To praise Thy glorious name.
2. Thou formest man: Thy Spirit breathes
Life into dust of earth:
Man, in Thine own true image made,
From Thee receives his birth.
3. And henceforth he dominion holds
O’er all in earth and sea;
Yet mindful whence his being came
Must humbly walk with Thee.
4. Alas! his willful heart rebels
Against Thy gentle sway;
Proud dust of earth would fain be like
The God whom all obey.
5. O griefs and sorrows numberless,
Which hence the world o’erspread;
Jesu, Thy mercy succored us,
Or hope itself had fled.
6. O praise the Father, and the Son
Who saved us by His death,
And Holy Ghost who quickens us
With His life giving breath.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6857
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|The Cyber Hymnal #6857||Today, O Lord, a Holier Work||Today, O Lord, a holier work||WINDSOR||Charles Coffin; John Chandler & others||CM||<cite>Paris Breviary</cite>, 1736; translated by John Chandler & the compilers of <cite>Hymns Ancient and Modern</cite>|