Words: , 1918.

Music: Hall (Lau­fer), , 1918.

[This hymn] was writ­ten at the ear­nest so­li­ci­ta­tion of a con­fer­ence group which met at Em­por­ia Col­lege, Kan­sas, in the sum­mer of 1918. That year the morn­ing pray­ers were con­duct­ed in the din­ing room and they were un­u­su­al­ly im­press­ive. How­ev­er, the young peo­ple felt that they would like to have a pray­er hymn that they could call pe­cul­iar­ly their own, and re­quest­ed the pre­sent au­thor [Laufer] to pro­duce such a hymn. He suc­ceed­ed in com­pos­ing the tune, but got no fur­ther. He was quite sure that he knew what mess­age the hymn should con­vey, but could not pro­duce it.

A few weeks later he di­vulged his di­lem­ma to Will­iam Hir­am Foulkes, D.D., on a train bound for Sto­ny Brook, Long Is­land. Both men were on their way to a con­fer­ence sim­i­lar to that held at Em­por­ia Col­lege. When the si­tu­a­tion had been ex­plained to Dr. Foulkes, he evinced great in­ter­est, and re­quest­ed to see the tune. He showed great en­thu­si­asm for the score and begged to have it for a day or two. “Per­haps,” said he, “the pro­per hymn may come to me, if not to you.”

The next day he car­ried the man­u­script in his pock­et to New York Ci­ty. The hymn came to him en route. On his re­turn that af­ter­noon to Sto­ny Brook, where he had charge of ves­pers, he pro­duced three stan­zas of the four which con­sti­tute the hymn. To­ge­ther he and the com­pos­er of the tune went over the new pro­duct­ion, and were so well pleased with the re­sult that dup­li­cates were made and the hymn was sung for the first time the next day at morn­ing pray­ers.

Take Thou our minds, dear Lord, we humbly pray,
Give us the mind of Christ each passing day;
Teach us to know the truth that sets us free;
Grant us in all our thoughts to honor Thee.

Take Thou our hearts, O Christ—they are Thine own;
Come Thou within our souls and claim Thy throne;
Help us to shed abroad Thy deathless love;
Use us to make the earth like heaven above.

Take Thou our wills, Most High! Hold Thou full sway;
Have in our inmost souls Thy perfect way;
Guard Thou each sacred hour from selfish ease;
Guide Thou our ordered lives as Thou dost please.

Take Thou ourselves, O Lord, heart, mind, and will;
Through our surrendered souls Thy plans fulfill.
We yield ourselves to Thee—time, talents, all;
We hear, and henceforth heed, Thy sovereign call.