In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.@Psalm 5:3

Thomas O. Summers (1812-1882). Appeared in Hymns for Youth (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1848), number 353.

My first child was born in January, 1845. When she was about a year old, as I was descending the Tombigbee River in a little steamer, I wrote a morning Hymn [sic] for her on the back of a letter, transcribed it when I reached Mobile [Alabama], and sent it to her at Tuscaloosa. That was the origin of The morning bright. When I was editing the Southern Christian Advocate, I put it without name in the Child’s Department. It was copied into the religious papers generally, and into books.

Julian, p. 1102

Soho Joseph Barnby, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)

The morning bright, with rosy light,
Has waked me up from sleep;
Father, I own Thy love alone
Thy little one doth keep.

All through the day I humbly pray,
Be Thou my guard and guide;
My sins forgive, and let me live,
Blest Jesus, near Thy side.

O make Thy rest within my breast,
Great Spirit of all grace;
Make me like Thee, then shall I be
Prepared to see Thy face.