Christ My Song - 2203
Begin the day with God! - Begin with God
(Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Begin with God.
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-man;
not to the creatures of his hand,
but to the glorious One.
4. Awake, cold lips, and sing!
Arise, dull knees, and pray;
lift up, O man, thy heart and eyes,
brush slothfulness away.
5. Look up beyond these clouds!
Thither thy pathway lies;
mount up, away, and linger not,
thy goal is yonder skies.
6. Cast every weight aside!
Do battle with each sin;
fight with the faithless world without,
the faithless heart within.
7. Take thy first meal with God!
He is thy heavenly food;
feed with and on him; he with thee
will feast in brotherhood.
8. Take thy first walk with God!
Let him go forth with thee;
by stream, or sea, or mountain-path,
seek still his company.
9. Thy first transaction be
with God himself above!
So shall thy business prosper well,
and all thy day be love.
Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope II, 1878, 104-105.