Scripture Verse

I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God.@Psalm 71:16

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems 1749.

Music: Duke Street at­trib­ut­ed to John Hat­ton, 1793 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

This hymn is an ideal ex­pres­sion of the spir­it and feel­ings of a con­se­crat­ed and faith­ful child of God as he goes forth to his dai­ly tasks. Such sen­ti­ments have pow­er to turn ev­en drudg­ery in­to a life of no­ble and bless­ed ser­vice. Ne­ver fear, said Phil­lips Brooks, to bring the sub­lim­est mo­tive to the small­est du­ty, and the most in­fi­nite com­fort to the small­est trou­ble.

Nutter, p. 213

Lyrics

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.

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.

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 labor 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.