Scripture Verse

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. Psalm 27:14


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Fred­er­ick Mann (1846–1928).

Music: Alms­giv­ing (Dykes) John B. Dykes, in the mu­sic­al edi­tion of The Ho­ly Year, 1865 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know when this hymn was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of Mann (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Dykes,


My God, my Fa­ther, make me strong,
When tasks of life seem hard and long,
To greet them with this triumph song,
Thy will be done.

Draw from my timid eyes the veil,
To show, where earthly forces fail,
Thy power and love must still prevail,
Thy will be done.

With confident and humble mind,
Freedom in service I would find,
Praying through every toil assigned,
Thy will be done.

Things deemed impossible I dare;
Thine is the call and Thine the care;
Thy wisdom shall the way prepare;
Thy will be done.

All power is here and round me now;
Faithful I stand in rule and vow,
While ’tis not I, but ever Thou:
Thy will be done.

Heav’n’s music chimes the glad days in;
Hope soars beyond death, pain and sin;
Faith shouts in triumph, Love must win;
Thy will be done.