Jacob’s Lullaby

Thought I’d post the words to what has become my standard bedtime song for Jacob. I think it’s a perfect lullaby prayer, not just reflecting on the coming night, but the coming day, too. Yet another treasure I learned at St. Olaf, to the tune Slane (Be Thou My Vision):

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares can destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

—Jan Struther, 1901-1953

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2 thoughts on “Jacob’s Lullaby

  1. Thanks for posting this – I have heard it but hadn’t come across it in my leafing through the hymnal for bedtime singing. Is it in the Trinity hymnal (or the gray Psalter)? I supposed I could just go through the tunes index of our hymnal collection, too…

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