(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)
I with Thee would begin, O my Savior so dear,
On the way that I still must pursue;
I with Thee would begin ev’ry day granted here,
As by earnest resolve I renew — To be and remain Thine forever.
I with Thee would begin, and go forth in Thy name
Which alone doth salvation bestow;
Fold me close to Thy breast where found joy all who came —
There is refuge for me too, I know, though all in this world is confusion.
Let Thy word all divine be my lamp in whose light
I may constantly keep to Thy way;
And each day wouldst Thou cleanse me anew, make me white
In the blood shed for me on that day When death Thou didst suffer, Lord Jesus.
I with Thee would begin — yea, and hear one more prayer —
I would close with Thee too my brief day;
And when daylight has failed let me sleep in Thy care, Until waking Thy child
Thou dost say, “*Come live with me ever in heaven!”