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58. Help Us, O Lord, Behold, We Enter

1 Help us, O Lord, behold, we enter
Upon another year to-day;
In Thee our hopes and thoughts we center,
Renew our courage for the way:
New life, new strength, new happiness
We ask of Thee, O hear and bless!

2 May every plan and undertaking
This year be all begun with Thee;
When I am sleeping or am waking,
Still let me know Thou art with me;
Abroad do Thou my footsteps guide,
At home be ever at my side.

3 Be this a time of grace and pardon;
Thy rod I take with willing mind,
But suffer naught my heart to harden,
And let me now Thy mercy find;
In Thee alone, my God, I live,
Thou only canst my sins forgive.

4 And may this year to me be holy;
Thy grace so fill my every thought,
That all my life be pure and lowly
And truthful as a Christian's ought;
So make me, while yet dwelling here,
Faithful and blest from year to year.

5 Jesus, be with me and direct me;
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;
Jesus, be all my heart's desire;
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day,
Nor suffer me to fall away.

6 Grant, Lord, that when the year is over,
That it for me in peace it close;
In all things care for me, and cover
My head in time of fear and woes;
So may I, when my years are gone,
Appear with joy before Thy throne.


Text Information
First Line: Help us, O Lord, behold, we enter
Title: Help Us, O Lord, Behold, We Enter
Author: Johann Rist (1642)
Translator: Miss Catherine Winkworth
Meter: 9 8, 9 8, 8 8.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1937
Topic: Church Year: Sunday after New Year; New Year's Day; Christ: Longing for (5 more...)
Tune Information
Meter: 9 8, 9 8, 8 8.
Key: C Major
Source: Bronner's Choral-Buch, 1715.

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