586. Jesus, thou divine Companion

1 Jesus, thou divine Companion,
by thy lowly human birth
thou hast come to join the workers,
burden-bearers of the earth.
Thou, the carpenter of Nazareth,
toiling for thy daily food,
by thy patience and thy courage,
thou hast taught us toil is good.

2 Where the many toil together,
there art thou among thine own;
where the solitary labor,
thou art there with them alone;
thou, the peace that passeth knowledge,
dwellest in the daily strife;
thou, the Bread of heaven, art broken
in the sacrament of life.

3 Every task, however simple,
sets the soul that does it free;
every deed of human kindness
done to man is done to thee.
Jesus, thou divine Companion,
help us all to work our best;
bless us in our daily labor,
lead us to our Sabbath rest.

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, thou divine Companion
Author: Henry Van Dyke, 1852-1933 (alt.)
Meter: 87. 87. D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Christian Responsibility
Copyright: © 1909, 1911, by Charles Scribner's Sons © Renewed. Reprinted by permission of Charles Scribner's Sons
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Ricahrd Proulx, b. 1937
Meter: 87. 87. D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: The Christian Lyre, 1830 (melody)

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