Begin the day with God

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Begin the day with God!
  He is thy Sun and Day!
His is the radiance of thy dawn;
  To Him address thy lay.
2
Sing a new song at morn!
  Join the glad woods and hills;
Join the fresh winds and seas and plains,
  Join the bright flowers and rills.
3
Sing thy first song to God!
  Not to thy fellow men;
Not to the creatures of His hand,
  But to the glorious One.
4
Take thy first walk with God!
  Let Him go forth with thee;
By stream, or sea, or mountain path,
  Seek still His company.
5
Thy first transaction be
  With God Himself above;
So shall thy business prosper well
  And all the day be love.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

One of my favorite hymns. My favorite stanza is stanza #5.

In stanza 1, last line, "lay" is an old English word for a short song or poem.

In stanza 2, last line, "rills" are small streams.

There are additional stanzas below:

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3b Awake, cold lips, and sing!

Arise, dull knees, and pray;

Lift up, O man, thy heart and eyes;

Brush slothfulness away.

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3c Look up, beyond these clouds!

Thither thy pathway lies;

Mount up, away, and linger not,

Thy goal is yonder skies.

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3d Cast every weight aside!

Do battle with each sin;

Fight with the faithless world without,

The faithless heart within.

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3e Take thy first meal with God!

He is thy heavenly food;

Feed with and on Him; He with thee

Will feast in brotherhood.


Michele Troughton

Vallejo, CA, United States

This hymn can be sung to the tune of #459. Father, we seek Your face first thing each morning. Dear Lord Jesus, You are our joy.


Erica Powell

Orlando, Florida, United States

This song has been ringing in my thoughts because at school we use to sing it almost every morning. I am so glad I have found the words. They are so inspiring! A great old hymn.


Jean Patience

Likasi, Katanga, Democratic Republic Of Congo

Beloved Lord Jesus, I need to take my first walk everyday with You, O my God!

I want to let You go forth with me;

By stream, or sea, or mountain path,

I need Your help. Bless me now.


Judith Lietzau

London, United Kingdom

"Dear Lord Jesus, call us morning by morning as we rise from our slumber to spend time with You. Lord, do be the beginning of all our mornings. We love You, dearest One."


miniseth

Kottayam, Kerala, India

Yes my days begin with the Lord.