Forth In Thy Name, O Lord, I Go

This is the text of the hymn as it appears in the 1867 edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern:

Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labour to pursue;
Thee, only Thee, resolved to know
In all I think, or speak, or do.

The task Thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find,
And prove Thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
And labour on at Thy command,
And offer all my works to Thee.

Give me to bear Thy easy yoke,
And every moment watch and pray,
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to Thy glorious day.

Fain would I still for Thee employ
Whate’er Thy bounteous grace hath given;
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with Thee to Heaven.

*To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God Whom heaven and earth adore
From men and from the angel-host
Be praise and glory evermore. Amen.

Words: Charles Wesley, 1749.
Tune:Duke StreetDuke Street” John Hatton, 1793.
Alternate Tune:Antwerp” W. Smallwood, 19th C.
Alternate Tune:Angels (Song 34)” Orlando Gibbons, 1623.
Meter: 88.88

*Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867) adds this doxology to the hymn.

Here is a version of this hymn included the original words that had been altered by Hymns Ancient & Modern as well as a stanza that Hymns Ancient & Modern does not include:

Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labour to pursue;
Thee, only Thee, resolved to know
In all I think, or speak, or do.

The task Thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find,
And prove Thy acceptable will.

Preserve me from my calling’s snare,
And hide my simple heart above,
Above the thorns of choking care,
The gilded baits of worldly love.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
And labour on at Thy command,
And offer all my works to Thee.

Give me to bear Thy easy yoke,
And every moment watch and pray,
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to Thy glorious day.

For Thee delightfully employ
Whate’er Thy bounteous grace hath given;
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with Thee to Heaven.

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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