Scripture Verse

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


Words: 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.

Music: In­no­cents The Par­ish Choir, 1850. Har­mo­ny by Will­iam H. Monk, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know O.B.C.’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Nel­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William H. Monk


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.