1 With joy we own thy servant, Lord,
Thy minister below,
Ordained to spread thy truth abroad,
That all thy name may know.
2 O may he now, and ever, keep
His eye intent on thee;
Do thou, great Shepherd of the sheep,
His bright example be.
3 With plenteous grace his heart prepare
To execute thy will;
And give him patience, love and care,
And faithfulness and skill.
4 Inflame his mind with ardent zeal,
Thy flock to feed and teach:
And let him live, and let him feel,
The truths he’s called to preach.
5 As show'rs refresh the thirsty plain,
So let his labors prove:
By him extend thy righteous reign—
The reign of truth and love.
Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #435