800. Jesus, Our Divine Companion

1 Jesus, our divine companion,
By your lowly human birth
You have come to join all workers,
Burden-bearers of the earth.
As the carpenter of Naz'reth,
Toiling for your daily food,
By your patience and your courage,
You have taught us work 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.
You, the peace surpassing knowledge,
Dwell with us in daily strife;
You, the Bread of heaven, broken
In the sacrament of life.

3 Ev'ry task, however simple,
Fills the soul with grace anew;
Ev'ry act of human kindness
Done in love is done to you.
Jesus, our divine companion,
Help us all to work our best;
Bless us in our daily labor,
Lead us to the Sabbath rest.

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, our divine companion
Title: Jesus, Our Divine Companion
Author: Henry van Dyke, 1852-1933 (alt.)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011
Topic: Social Concern
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Richard Proulx, 1937-2010
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Christian Lyre, 1830
Copyright: Harm. © 1986, GIA Publications, Inc.

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