Scripture Verse

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Matthew 6:34

Introduction

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Horatio R. Palmer
1834–1907

Words: Sy­bil F. Part­ridge, 1877. Some­times at­trib­ut­ed to Er­nest R. Wil­ber­force (a pseu­do­nym for Part­ridge?).

Music: Vin­cent Ho­ra­tio R. Palm­er, 1897 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Part­ridge (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Lord, for tomorrow and its needs I do not pray;
Keep me, my God, from stain of sin just for today.
Help me to labor earnestly and duly pray;
Let me be kind in word and deed, Father, today.

Let me no wrong or idle word unthinking say;
Set Thou a seal upon my lips through all today.
Let me in season, Lord, be grave, in season gay;
Let me be faithful to Thy grace, dear Lord, today.

And if, today, this life of mine should ebb away,
Give me Thy sacrament divine, Father, today.
So for tomorrow and its needs I do not pray;
Still keep me, guide me, love me, Lord, through each day.