Scripture Verse

My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord. Psalm 5:3

Introduction

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Daniel Batchellor
(1845–1934)

Words: Re­bec­ca J. Wes­ton, prob­ab­ly in the 1870s. She re­port­ed­ly wrote the hymn for use of her kin­der­gar­ten stu­dents at the Gar­land School on Chest­nut Street, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts (later re­named to Gar­land Jun­ior Col­lege for Wo­men, and clos­ing in 1976). The hymn was quot­ed in The Sto­ry of Pat­sy, 1882, by Kate Doug­las Smith Wig­gin (who lat­er wrote Re­bec­ca of Sun­ny­brook Farm).

Music: Bat­chel­lor Dan­i­el J. Bat­chel­lor, 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Wes­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Bat­chel­lor, would you ?

Lyrics

Father, we thank Thee for the night,
And for the pleasant morning light;
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the world so fair.

Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To love Thee better day by day.