Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I goAuthor: Charles Wesley (1749)
Published in 280 hymnals
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1 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor 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 fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find,
And prove Thy good and perfect will.
3 Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
And labor on at Thy command,
And offer all my works to Thee.
4 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:
5 Fain would I still for Thee employ
Whate'er Thy bounteous grace hath given,
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with Thee to Heaven.
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
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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
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 (20)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #456||Forth in your name, o Lord, I go||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||Barry L. Bobb, b. 1951||18.104.22.168||LAKEWOOD||G Major or modal||1993|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #567||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #529||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||William Davies (b. 1921)||22.214.171.124||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||KILLIBEGS||G Major or modal||English||2005|
|Common Praise #467||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go||Charles Wesley (1707-1788)||Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)||126.96.36.199||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||SONG 34||F Major or modal||1998|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & 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||188.8.131.52||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||184.108.40.206||English||1996|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #239||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||220.127.116.11||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #306||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||C. Wesley (1707-1788)||Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)||ANGEL'S SONG||F Major or modal||1987|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #143||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||18.104.22.168||1996|
|Lutheran Service Book #854||Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go||Charles Wesley, 1707-88||Barry L. Bobb, b. 1951||22.214.171.124||1 Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 3:17; John 6:27; Matthew 11:29-30||LAKEWOOD||G Major or modal||English||2006|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #324||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Charles Wesley||Percy C. Buck||126.96.36.199||Psalm 16:8; Matthew 11:30||GONFALON ROYAL||G Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #79||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go||Charles Wesley||Orlando Gibbons||188.8.131.52||Genesis 5:24; Psalm 139:1; Mark 14:38; Matthew 11:30; Matthew 13:22; Romans 12:2; Philippians 1:10||ANGEL'S SONG||F Major||English||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #623||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||184.108.40.206||1999|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #670||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||Edward Miller, 1731-1807||220.127.116.11||Psalm 16:8; Romans 12:2||ROCKINGHAM||D Major||1996|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #438||Forth in thy name, O Lord||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord||Charles Wesley||John Hatton||18.104.22.168||DUKE STREET||E Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #397||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go||Charles Wesley||Martin Shaw, 20th C.||22.214.171.124||Acts 20:24; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 139:1-4||DANIEL||E Flat Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #571||Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go||126.96.36.199||1999|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #416||Forth in your name, O Christ, we go||Forth in Your Name, O Christ||Charles Wesley||Robert Schumann||188.8.131.52||CANONBURY||G Major||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #718||Forth in your name, O Lord, I go||Forth in Your Name||Charles Wesley, 1707-1788||Edward Miller, 1731-1807||184.108.40.206||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||ROCKINGHAM||D Major||English||2001|