"Help Us, O Lord! Behold, We Enter"
                        by Johann Rist, 1607-1667
              Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
                                 Text From:
            (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.96

        1. Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter
        Upon another year today;
        In Thee our hopes and thoughts now center,
        Renew our courage for the way.
        New life, new strength, new happiness,
        We ask of Thee, -- oh, hear and bless!

        2. May every plan and undertaking
        This year be all begun with Thee;
        When I am sleeping or am waking,
        Still let me know Thou art with me.
        Abroad do Thou my footsteps guide,
        At home be ever at my side.

        3. Be this a time of grace and pardon.
        Thy rod I take with willing mind,
        But suffer naught my heart to harden;
        Oh, let me then Thy mercy find!
        In Thee alone, my God, I live;
        Thou only canst nay sins forgive.

        4. And may this year to me be holy;
        Thy grace so fill my every thought
        That all my life be pure and lowly
        And truthful, as a Christian's ought.
        So make me while yet dwelling here
        Pious and blest from year to year.

        5. Jesus, be with me and direct me;
        Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
        Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;
        Jesus, be all my heart's Desire;
        Jesus, be in my thoughts all day
        Nor suffer me to fall away.

        6. And grant, Lord, when the year is over,
        That it for me in peace may close;
        In all things care for me and cover
        My head in time of fear and woes.
        So may I when my years are gone
        Appear with joy before Thy throne.

Notes: Hymn #120 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Heb. 13:8 Author: Johann Rist, 1642, cento Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863 Titled: "Hilf, Herr Jesu, lass helingen" Tune: "Ich sterbe taeglich" 1st Published in: MS, Municipal Library Town: Leipzig, 1756
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