BEGIN the day with God !
He is thy sun and day ;
He is the radiance of thy dawn,
To Him address thy lay.

Sing a new song at morn !
Join the glad woods and hills;
Join the fresh winds and seas and plains,
Join the bright flowers and rills.

Sing thy first song to God !
Not to thy fellow man ;
Not to the creatures of His hand,
But to the glorious One.

Look up beyond these clouds !
Thither thy pathway lies;
Mount up, away, and linger not,
Thy goal is yonder skies.

Take thy first meal with God!
He is thy heavenly food ;
Feed with and on Him ; He with thee
Will feast in brotherhood.

Take thy first walk with God !
Let Him go forth with thee;
By stream, or sea, or mountain-path,
Seek still His company.

Thy first transaction be
With God Himself above!
So shall thy business prosper well,
And all the day be love.

~Horatius Bonar


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