Grace Before Business

Lord, prosper my affairs this day; Take care of all I have at risk; Give me the means to pay my way, And, if thou wilt, make business brisk.

Help me in all my dealings, Lord, Whate’er befall; Thou knowest well Without Thee I could ill afford To buy or borrow, lend or sell.

Oh! make me humble in success; In failure make me strong to bear; Lead me in the ways of righteousness; To friend and rival make me fair.

Uphold me in the common strife; Give me the grace to work and plan; And, in the market-place of Life; Oh! keep me, Lord, an honest man.

Fred W. Bayliss