To Thee O Lord Of Earth And Sky

TO thee, O Lord of earth and sky,
With grateful hearts we now draw nigh,
For all the fruits thy generous soil
Hath yielded in return for toil;
We want henceforth our lives to be
All fruitful in good work for thee.

We thank thee that thou takest heed
To all thy creatures’ daily need;
That over us, on sea or land,
Has daily been thy bounteous hand;
We want henceforth our lives to be
Filled up with grateful work for thee.

While heartfelt thanks to thee ascend,
With them new vows for war we blend,
Determined in thy strength to go
And live for thee ‘gainst every foe;
Henceforth each day our lives shall be
Filled with both work and war for thee.

Make us more earnest souls to save
As hourly we approach the grave;
So that, if ere this time next year
We should before thy throne appear,
With joy we may thy glory see
Because till death we fought for thee.