This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, 1749, from Hymns and Sacred Poems, Volume 1, Hymn 145, entitled Hymns for Believers 32. Before Work. Meter is 88. 88 (L.M.).
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1. Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor to pursue,
Thee, only thee resolved to know
In all I think, or speak, or do.
2. The task thy wisdom hath assigned
O let me cheerfully fulfill,
In all my works thy presence find,
And prove thine acceptable will.
3. 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.
4. Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
And labor on at thy command,
And offer all my works to thee.
5. 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.
6. For thee delightfully employ
What-e’er thy bounteous grace hath given,
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with thee to heaven.
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