1 O Saviour, bless us ere we go;
Thy word into our minds instil,
And make our lukewarm hearts to glow
With lowly love and fervent will.
R:Through life's long day and death's dark night, O gentle Jesus, be our light.
2 The day is done, its hours have run;
And Thou hast taken count of all,
The scanty triumphs grace hath won,
The broken vow, the frequent fall.
3 Grant us, O Lord, from evil ways
True absolution and release;
And bless us, more than in past days,
With purity and inward peace.
4 Do more than pardon: give us joy,
Sweet fear and sober liberty,
And loving hearts without alloy,
That only long to be with Thee.
5 Labour is sweet for Thou hast toiled;
And care is light for Thou hast cared;
Ah never let our works be soiled
With self, or by deceit ensnared.
6 For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sinful, unto thee we call;
O let Thy mercy make us glad;
Thou art our Jesus and our all.