Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I goAuthor: Charles Wesley (1749)
Published in 282 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 (21)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #277||God, we praise you! God we bless you!||God, We Praise You (Te Deum)||Christopher M. Idle, b. 1938||Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809||184.108.40.206 D||AUSTRIA||E Flat Major||1993|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #585||Jesus, good above all other||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #530||One more step along the world I go||And it's from the old I travel to the new||Sydney Bertram Carter (1915-2004)||Sydney Bertram Carter (1915-2004)||220.127.116.11 with refrain||2 Corinthians 5:17; Acts 16:6-10; Deuteronomy 31:6; Genesis 12:1-4; Hebrews 11:8-16; Isaiah 46:9-10; Joshua 1:9; Psalm 121:8; Revelation 21:5||SOUTHCOTE||G Major or modal||2005|
|Common Praise (1998) #468||To Abraham and Sarah||To Abraham and Sarah||Judith Fetter (1937-)||Basil Harwood (1859-1949)||18.104.22.168 D||Genesis 12:1-9; Genesis 17:1-7; Genesis 17:15-16; Genesis 18:1-15; Genesis 23:1-20; Leviticus 26:3-13; Isaiah 51:1-6; Jeremiah 30:17-22; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Romans 4:1-5; Romans 4:13-25; Romans 9:1-31; Galatians 3:6-14; Revelation 21:1-7||THORNBURY||D Major||1998|
|Calvin Hymnary Project #have_mercy_christ_have_mercy||Have mercy, Christ, have mercy||2008|
|Complete Mission Praise #177||Glory to God in the highest||Irregular||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #507||Send, O Lord, thy Holy Spirit||Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit||F. W. Herzberger, 1859-1930||J. Schop, c. 1590-1667||22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199||WERDE MUNTER||F Major or modal||German; English||1996|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #257||Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness||188.8.131.52 D||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #322||In Christ there is no east or west||W. A. Dunkerley (1852-1941); Michael Perry (born 1942)||H. T. Burleigh (1866-1949)||McKEE||C Major||1987|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #169||God is love, his the care||184.108.40.206.6 with refrain||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||220.127.116.11||1 Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 3:17; John 6:27; Matthew 11:29-30||LAKEWOOD||G Major or modal||English||2006|
|Moravian Book of Worship #645||A charge to keep I have||A Charge to Keep I Have||Charles Wesley||Aaron Williams||18.104.22.168||Genesis 2:16-17; Leviticus 8:35; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Mark 13:33-37; John 15:16; 1 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Timothy 6:12-14; 1 Peter 4:8-11||ST. THOMAS||G Major or modal||English||1995|
|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||22.214.171.124||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||126.96.36.199||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 #641||Lord, in our lonely hours||188.8.131.52||1999|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #685||I, the Lord of sea and sky||I, the Lord of Sea and Sky||Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?||Daniel L. Schutte, 1947-||Daniel L. Schutte, 1947-; Michael Pope; John Weissrock||Exodus 3:7; 2 Samuel 3; Psalm 81:16; Isaiah 6:8; Ezekiel 36:26; Luke 1:76-79||LORD OF LIGHT||G Major or modal||1996|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #438||Forth in thy name, O Lord||Forth in Thy Name, O Lord||Charles Wesley||John Hatton||184.108.40.206||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.||220.127.116.11||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 #551||O stay with us, Lord Jesus||1999|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #434||O laughing Light, O first-born of creation||O Laughing Light||Sylvia Dunstan||Healey Willan||18.104.22.168||ISTE CONFESSOR||d minor or modal||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #720||I thank you, Lord, for each new day||With Grateful Heart I Thank You, Lord||Mary Kay Beall, 1943-||Mary Kay Beall, 1943-||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 95:2; Psalm 8:1-9; Psalm 136:1; Psalm 107:1; Psalm 100:4||GRATUS||E Flat Major||English||2001|