870. Jesus, Our Divine Companion

1 Jesus, our divine companion,
By your lowly human birth
You have come to join the workers,
Burden bearers of the earth.
Son of Joseph, gifted worker,
Toiling for your daily food,
By your patience and your courage,
You have taught us toil is good.

2 All who tread the path of labor
Follow where your feet have trod;
All who work without complaining
Do the holy will of God.
Christ, the peace surpassing knowledge,
Dwell with us in daily strife;
Christ, the bread of heaven, broken
In the sacrament of life.

3 Ev'ry task, however humble,
Fills the soul with grace anew;
Ev'ry deed of love and kindness
Done in faith is done for you.
Jesus, our divine companion,
Help us all to work our best;
Bless us in our daily labor,
Lead us to our heav'nly rest.

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, our divine companion
Title: Jesus, Our Divine Companion
Author: Henry van Dyke, 1852-1933 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2015
Topic: Social Justice
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 87 87 D
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Joshua Leavitt's Christian Lyre, New York, 1831

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