Scripture Verse

The heavens declare the glory of God. Psalm 19:1


Caroline A. Mason

Words: Car­ol­ine A. Ma­son, The Lost Ring and Oth­er Po­ems (New York & Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Hough­ton, Miff­lin, 1891), pages 164–65.

Music: Hope (Ir­ons) Her­bert S. Ir­ons (1834–1905) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of Ir­ons (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


O God, I thank Thee for each sight
Of beauty that Thy hand doth give;
For sunny skies and air and light;
O God, I thank Thee that I live.

That life I consecrate to Thee,
And ever as the day is born,
On wings of joy my soul would flee,
And thank Thee for another morn.

Another day to which to cast
Some silent deed of love abroad,
That, greatening as it journeys past,
May do some earnest work for God.

Another day to do, to dare,
To use anew my growing strength,
To arm my soul with faith and prayer,
And so reach Heav’n and Thee at last.