Scripture Verse

Understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:17

Introduction

Words: Anon­ymous, 1898. Ap­peared in North­field Hym­nal No. 2 (New York: Flem­ing H. Re­vell, 1916), num­ber 192.

Music: May W. Moo­dy (🔊 pdf nwc).

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May W. Moody
1870–1963

Lyrics

I asked the New Year for some mot­to sweet,
Some rule of life with which to guide my feet;
I asked and paused; he an­swered soft and low,
God’s will, God’s will to know,
God’s will to know.

Will know­ledge then suf­fice, New Year? I cried;
And ere the question into si­lence died,
The an­swer came, Nay, but re­mem­ber, too,
God’s will, God’s will to do,
God’s will to do.

Once more I asked, Is there no more to tell?
And once again the an­swer sweet­ly fell:
Yes, this one thing, all oth­er things above,
God’s will, God’s will to love,
God’s will to love.