Scripture Verse

Be honest and work hard, so you will have something to give to people in need. Ephesians 4:28

Introduction

Words: Robert Davis, 1908.

Music: Ministry (Gower) John Gower, 1909 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • O Jesu, Ev­an­gel­isch­es Ge­sang­buch, 1741 (🔊 pdf nwc)

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Lyrics

I thank Thee, Lord, for strength of arm
To win my bread,
And that, beyond my need, is meat
For friend unfed:
I thank Thee much for bread to live;
I thank Thee more for bread to give.

I thank Thee, Lord, for snug-thatched roof
In cold and storm,
And that, beyond my need, is room
For friend forlorn:
I thank Thee much for place to rest,
But more for shelter for my guest.

I thank Thee, Lord, for lavish love
On me bestowed,
Enough to share with loveless folk
To ease their load:
Thy love to me I ill could spare,
Yet dearer is Thy love I share.