I knew Henry van Dyke wrote The Other Wise Man, but until we sang it at my church, I didn’t know he wrote this hymn, suitable for Labor Day:
1. Jesus, Thou divine companion,
By Thy lowly human birth
Thou hast come to join the workers,
Burden bearers of the earth.
Thou, the carpenter of Nazareth,
Toiling for Thy daily food,
By Thy patience and Thy courage,
Thou hast taught us toil is good.
2. They who tread the path of labor
Follow where Thy feet have trod;
They who work without complaining
Do the holy will of God.
Thou, the peace that passeth knowledge,
Dwellest in the daily strife;
Thou, the bread of Heaven, broken
In the sacrament of life.
3. Every task, however simple,
Sets the soul that does it free;
Every deed of love and kindness
Done to man is done to Thee.
Jesus, Thou divine companion,
Help us all to do our best;
Bless in our daily labor,
Lead us to the Sabbath rest.
Image: “L’atelier de Joseph” [The workshop of Joseph.]