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Morning Prayer

V.
The Christian's Morning Sacrifice.

10,8,8,10,4

O allerhöchster Menschenhüter

Joachim Neander. 1679.

O Thou Most Highest! Guardian of mankind!

Supreme exhaustless Good Thou art!

To Thee I offer soul and heart:

Praise Him all creatures with your strength and mind,

For He is kind!

Yes, Lord, 'tis of Thy power alone to-day

That still I draw my living breath,

Thy grace preserves me still from death,

O Father-heart, reject me not, but stay

With me to-day.

O Israel's God, I bring Thee now my will,

That would be Thine whate'er it cost,

Love Thy good gifts, yet love Thee most;

This is my prayer while yet the morn is still,

Take Thou my will.

O Fount of grace, in love be Thou my guide,

Thine eye look down on me in power,

Whate'er I do or am each hour

Prepare me for th' eternal life, abide

Still at my side.

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The soul and body Thou dost hold in life,

Be ever ready in Thy fear

To fight for truth and justice here,

And trusting Thee to meet the final strife,

For Thou art Life.

Bless all my works and ways, my light increase,

Order my doings for the best,

In all my toil be Thou my rest,

Until at last I lay me down in peace

That ne'er shall cease.

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