In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3
Words: Thomas O. Summers (1812–1882). Published in Hymns for Youth (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1848), number 353.
If you know where to get a good photo of Summers (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
My first child was born in January, 1845. When she was about a year old, as I was descending the Tombigbee River in a little steamer, I wrote a morning Hymn [sic] for her on the back of a letter, transcribed it when I reached Mobile [Alabama], and sent it to her at Tuscaloosa. That was the origin of The morning bright.
When I was editing the Southern Christian Advocate, I put it without name in the Child’s Department. It was copied into the religious papers generally, and into books.
Julian, p. 1102
The morning bright, with rosy light,
Has waked me up from sleep;
Father, I own Thy love alone
Thy little one doth keep.
All through the day I humbly pray,
Be Thou my guard and guide;
My sins forgive, and let me live,
Blest Jesus, near Thy side.
O make Thy rest within my breast,
Great Spirit of all grace;
Make me like Thee, then shall I be
Prepared to see Thy face.