In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.@Psalm 5:3

Unknown author (Matutinus altiora); published by J. Masters as King Alfred’s Hymn, words by O. B. C., music by Dr. Smith (though there is no known evidence indicating King Alfred wrote the Latin text). Adapted by Horatio Nelson in Hymns for Saints’ Days, and Other Hymns, 1864.

Innocents The Parish Choir, 1850; harmony by William H. Monk, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William H. Monk (1823-1889)

As the sun doth daily rise,
Brightening all the morning skies,
So to Thee with one accord
Lift we up our hearts, O Lord.

Day by day provide us food,
For from Thee come all things good;
Strength unto our souls afford
From Thy living bread, O Lord.

Be our guard in sin and strife;
Be the leader of our life;
Lest from Thee we stray abroad,
Stay our wayward feet, O Lord.

Quickened by the Spirit’s grace
All Thy holy will to trace
While we daily search Thy Word,
Wisdom true impart, O Lord.

When the sun withdraws his light,
When we seek our rest at night,
Thou, by sleepless hosts adored,
Hear the prayer of faith, O Lord!

When the hours are dark and drear,
When the tempter lurketh near,
By Thy strengthening grace outpoured,
Save the tempted ones, O Lord!

Praise we, with the heavenly host,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost;
Thee would we with one accord
Praise and magnify, O Lord.