William Henry Luckenbach (1828-1896), “gifted preacher, writer and hymnist” (Germantown Lutheran History) served as pastor in Germantown, New York from 1878 to 1894, and as president of the New York and New Jersey Synod. His hymn “Still be with me, dear Lord, through all the day” was sung at his funeral.
Still be with me, dear Lord, through all the day.
For with Thee I will not be led astray;
The tempter’s arts successful cannot be,
If he descries that Thou art still with me.
I laid me down and gently fell asleep,
Believing Thou would’st vigil o’er me keep;
Nor was my trust in vain, since now I see,
On this new morn, that Thou art still with me.
Of Thee, my never-failing Friend, I ask,
The needed strength for this day’s wonted task;
And if ills come I do not now foresee,
I will not fail if Thou art still with me.
I will not fondly covet treasure here,
Where carnal joys, like dreams, soon disappear:
To me ‘tis happiness beyond degree
To know always that Thou are still with me.
Content am I, with this day’s setting sun,
To be discharged, if all my work be done: –
From toil and pain and sin to be set free,
And sing in heaven, that Thou art still with me.