Scripture Verse

O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee. Psalm 5:3

Introduction

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John M. Neale (1818–1866)
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Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Am­brose of Mi­lan (340–397) (Iam lu­cis or­to si­de­re). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale in The Hym­nal Not­ed, 1852. Do­zens of trans­la­tors have con­vert­ed the La­tin lyr­ics to Eng­lish, but Neale’s ver­sion has been the most po­pu­lar.

Music: War­ring­ton Ralph Har­ris­on, 1784 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Har­ris­on (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Ambrose of Milan (340–397)

Lyrics

Now that the daylight fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That He, in all we do or say,
Would keep us free from harm today.

May He restrain our tongues from strife,
And shield from anger’s din our life,
And guard with watchful care our eyes
From earth’s absorbing vanities.

O may our inmost hearts be pure,
From thoughts of folly kept secure,
And pride of sinful flesh subdued
Through sparing use of daily food.

So we, when this day’s work is o’er,
And shades of night return once more,
Our path of trial safely trod,
Shall give the glo­ry to our God.

All praise to God the Fa­ther be,
All praise, eter­nal Son, to Thee,
Whom with the Spi­rit we adore
Forever and for­ev­er­more.