A HYMN FOR TODAY
We give Thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O LORD, from Thee.
May we Thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as Thou blessest us,
To Thee our firstfruits give.
To comfort and to bless,
To find a balm for woe,
To tend the lone and fatherless
Is angels’ work below.
The captive to release,
To God the lost to bring,
To teach the way of life and peace –
It is a Christ-like thing.
And we believe Thy word,
Though dim our faith may be;
Whate’er for Thine we do, O LORD,
We do it unto Thee.
SM (188.8.131.52) – William Walsham How, 1868
Tune: SCHUMANN – Mason and Webb’s Cantica Laudis, 1850
#609 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012
1 Chronicles 29:14
Note various stanzas too often omitted from many hymnals.