Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I goAuthor: Charles Wesley (1749)
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1 Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labour to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know,
in all I think or speak or do.
2 The task thy wisdom hath assigned
O let me cheerfully fulfil;
in all my works thy presence find,
and prove thy good and perfect will.
3 Preserve me from my calling's snare,
and hide my simple heart above,
above the thorns of choking care,
the gilded baits of worldly love.
4 Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes my inmost substance see,
and labour on at thy command,
and offer all my works to thee.
5 Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
and every moment watch and pray,
and still to things eternal look,
and hasten to thy glorious day;
6 For thee delightfully employ
whate'er thy bounteous grace hath given,
and run my course with even joy,
and closely walk with thee to heaven.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #476
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|Title:||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go|
|Author:||Charles Wesley (1749)|
st. 2 = Ps. 139:2
st. 3 = Ps. 16:8
st. 4 = Matt 11:30
Charles Wesley (PHH 267) wrote the text of this hymn and published it in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1749) as a hymn "for believers." It was entitled "Before Work."
The hymn originally had six stanzas. Following John Wesley's example in his Collection (1780), most modern hymnals, including the Psalter Hymnal, omit the original stanza 3.
Recognizing the significance of daily work for the Christian, Charles Wesley wrote and sang hymns not only for Sunday but also for daily use. The text of this hymn reflects Wesley's views about work: we are to do our work in the name of the Lord (st. 1); God calls us to our work in obedience to his will (st. 2); we may offer all our work to God (st. 3); as we journey from this life to glory, we may always view our work as part of the coming of God's kingdom (st. 4); we may gratefully use all God's gifts for his glory (st. 5).
Close of worship; worship services in which labor is stressed (Labor Day Sunday); springtime prayer services for crops and industry; New Year's Day; ordination; profession of faith; commissioning services; when used during the Easter season, substitute an "Alleluia" for the final "Amen."
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988
Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I go. C. Wesley. [Morning.] First published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1749, vol. i. p. 246. "For Believers Before Work," No. 144, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, in 1780, with the omission of stanza iii. It has come into most extensive use both in Great Britain and America. In common with many of the older hymns it has undergone alterations at various hands. The line which has given the greatest trouble to the compilers is, "And prove Thy acceptable will." This has undergone many changes, but that given in the Leeds Hymn Book, in 1853, "And prove Thy good and perfect will," has been received by common consent as the best and most musical reading. Original text, Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. v. p. 50. The doxology in Hymns Ancient & Modern and some other collections is not in the original. In 1767, R. Conyers gave it in his Collection as "Forth in Thy strength, O Lord, we go," but this alteration has passed out of use.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 33 of 33)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #476||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||LM||Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:11-16; Colossians 3:17||2013||Morning | ; Commitment | ; Discipleship | ; Future hope | ; Self-offering | ; Sending Out | ; The Third Sunday before Lent | Year A; Vocation | ; Work ||
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #456||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in your name, o Lord, I go||LAKEWOOD||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||LM||1993||Commitment ||
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #567||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #529||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||KILLIBEGS||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||LM||1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Timothy 6:17-18; 2 Peter 3:12; Colossians 3:23; Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 12:1; Luke 5:5; Matthew 11:29-30; Matthew 26:41; Psalm 16:8; Psalm 104:23; Psalm 139:16; Romans 12:2||2005||Our Response to Christ | In Discipleship; Joy | ; Work and Leisure ||
|Common Praise (1998) #467||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||LM||Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 6:24-34; Matthew 7:12-29; Matthew 11:16-19; Matthew 11:25-30; Matthew 13:44-46; Luke 9:18-27; Luke 12:32-40; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:4-16||1998||Call and Vocation | ; Discipleship | ; Dismissal | ; Stewardship ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #430||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34 (ANGELS' SONG)||Charles Wesley 1707-1788||LM||2 Corinthians 4:18; 2 Peter 3:12; 3 John 1:7; Acts 20:24; Genesis 5:22-24; Genesis 6:9; Mark 4:18-19; Matthew 11:29-30; Matthew 26:41; Micah 6:8; Nehemiah 4:9; Psalm 16:8; Psalm 104:23; Psalm 139:16; Romans 12:1-2||2000||Epiphany III | Year C; Third Sunday Before Lent | Year B|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #192||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #159||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||LM||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #506||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||C. Wesley, 1707-88||LM||1996||Confirmation: Perseverance | ; Trinity 20 ||
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #239||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||LM||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #381||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34||Charles Wesley||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #306||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||ANGEL'S SONG||C. Wesley (1707-1788)||8 8 8 8 (LM)||1987||God's World | Work and Leisure, Art and Science; Pentecost 11 | The Serving Community|
|Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #201||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34||Charles Wesley||2008|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #143||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||LM||1996|
|Lutheran Service Book #854||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go||LAKEWOOD||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||L M||1 Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 3:17; John 6:27; Matthew 11:29-30||2006||Close of Service ||
|Lutheran Worship #380||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||LAKEWOOD||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||LM||1982||Love and Obedience | ; Work, Daily ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #638||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in your name, O Lord||DEUS TUORUM MILITUM||Charles Wesley||L.M.||Psalm 16; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 9:24-26; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:10; Colossians 3:12-17; 2 Timothy 4:7-8||1995||Ministry and Christian Vocation | ; Labor and laborers | ; Life in Christ | ; Ministry | ; Steadfastness | ; Worship ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #324||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||GONFALON ROYAL||Charles Wesley||LM||Psalm 16:8; Matthew 11:30||1987||Commitment & Dedication | ; Industry & Labor | ; Will of God | ; Close of Worship | ; Obedience | ; Offering | ; Pilgrimage & Conflct ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #79||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||ANGEL'S SONG||Charles Wesley||LM||Genesis 5:24; Psalm 139:1; Mark 14:38; Matthew 11:30; Matthew 13:22; Romans 12:2; Philippians 1:10||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #623||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||LM||1999|
|Singing the Faith #550||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34 (ANGEL'S SONG)||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||LM||2 Thessalonians 2:17; 2 Timothy 4:8; Genesis 5:24; Matthew 11:30; Matthew 24:36-44; Psalm 16:8; Psalm 104:23; Psalm 139:16||2011||Covenant, Commitment and Dedication ||
|Small Church Music #613||Song 34||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34||Charles Wesley||188.8.131.52|
|Small Church Music #1392||Pixham||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I go||PIXHAM||Charles Wesley||184.108.40.206|
|Small Church Music #2471||Antwerp||Forth in Thy name, O Lord||ANTWERP||Charles Wesley||220.127.116.11|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #670||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||ROCKINGHAM||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||L.M.||Psalm 16:8; Romans 12:2||1996||Going Forth | ; Work and Leisure ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #1588||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord||Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go||DUKE STREET||Charles Wesley||LM||<cite>Hymns and Sacred Poems</cite>, 1749|
|The New English Hymnal #235||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34 (ANGELS' SONG)||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||LM||1986||Times and Seasons | Morning|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #438||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord||Forth in thy name, O Lord||DUKE STREET||Charles Wesley||LM||1989||Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace | Social Holiness; Particular Times of Worship | Closing of Worship; Christian Perfection | ; Closing Hymns | ; Discipleship and Service | ; Eternal Life | ; Installation Services | ; Stewardship | ; Work, Daily ||
|The Worshiping Church #397||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||DANIEL||Charles Wesley||L.M.||Acts 20:24; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 139:1-4||1990||God in Society | Work and Leisure; Grace | of God||<i>Hymns for Today's Church</i>, 1982, rev.|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #571||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||SONG 34||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||88.88||1 Timothy 6:11-12; Ephesians 2:1-10; Ephesians 4:1-6; Ephesians 5:14-17; Hebrews 9:19-28; Matthew 11:28-30; Psalm 104:23-33; Romans 12:9-13||1999||Commitment | ; Daily Work | ; Jesus Christ | Friend and Companion; Opening of the Year | ; Ordination | ; Pilgrimage | ; Service | ; Stewardship ||
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #416||Forth in Your Name, O Christ||Forth in your name, O Christ, we go||CANONBURY||Charles Wesley||8 8 8 8||1996||The Church at Worship | Closing and Evening Hymns; Christian Perfecction | ; Closing Hymns | ; Commitment | ; Consecration | ; Discipleship and Service | ; Eternal Life | ; Evening | ; God | Grace; God | Law; God | Presence; Installation Services | ; Jesus Christ | Yoke; Joy | ; Morning | ; Obedience | ; Recessionals | ; Service | ; Service Music | Sending Forth/Commissioning; Stewardship | ; Venture | ; Wisdom | ; Work and Recreation | ; Epiphany 5 | Year A; Epiphany 6 | Year A; Proper 16 | Year A; Proper 18 | Year B; Proper 22 | Year C; Proper 28 | Year C|
|Worship and Rejoice #718||Forth in Your Name||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||ROCKINGHAM||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||L.M.||Philippians 3:10; Matthew 26:41; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 11:29; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Psalm 139:1-4; Romans 12:2; Acts 20:24||2001||Labor & Leisure |||Jubilate Hymns, 1982, rev.|
|生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #345||主阿，我奉你名前行， (Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go)||主阿，我奉你名前行， (Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go)||SONG 34||Charles Wesley||1986|