Author of the Lyrics
The author of the illuminating
words of the "Help us, O Lord! " lyrics,
Johann Rist (March 8, 1607-August 31, 1667),
was born in Ottensenn, Holstein, Germany and
achieved fame as a poet, scholar and hymn writer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Help us, O Lord!
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist):
Johann Rist (March 8, 1607
to August 31, 1667)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: Catherine Winkworth (1827 - 1878) who translated the words from German to English
Name of Composer of Music:
Hymn Category: Old Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter Upon another year today"
First Publication Date:
Help us, O Lord! Lyrics
Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter
Upon another year today;
In Thee our hopes and thoughts now center,
Renew our courage for the way.
New life, new strength, new happiness,
We ask of Thee-oh, hear and bless!
May every plan and undertaking
This year be all begun with Thee;
When I am sleeping or am waking,
Still let me know Thou art with me.
Abroad do Thou my footsteps guide,
At home be ever at my side.
Be this a time of grace and pardon.
Thy rod I take with willing mind,
But suffer naught my heart to harden;
Oh, let me then Thy mercy find!
In Thee alone, my God, I live;
Thou only canst my sins forgive.
And may this year to me be holy;
Thy grace so fill my every thought
That all my life be pure and lowly
And truthful, as a Christian's ought.
So make me while yet dwelling here
Pious and blest from year to year.
Jesus, be with me and direct me;
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;
Jesus, be all my heart's desire;
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day
Nor suffer me to fall away.
And grant, Lord, when the year is over,
That it for me in peace may close;
In all things care for me and cover
My head in time of fear and woes.
So may I when my years are gone
Appear with joy before Thy throne.