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4 A deeper shade will soon impend,
A deeper sleep mine eyes oppress;
Thy goodness still delight to bless. 5 That deeper shade shall break away,
That deeper sleep shall leave mine eyes,
of the skies.
The cheerful sun makes haste to rise,
To run his journey through the skies ; 2 From the fair chambers of the east,
The circuit of his race begins,
Round the whole earth, he flies and shines. 3 Oh! like the sun may I fulfill
Th' appointed duties of the day;
March on, and keep my heavenly way. 4 Lord ! thy commands are clean and pure,
Enlightening our beclouded eyes;
Thy gospel makes the simple wise. 5 Give me thy counsel for my guide,
And then receive me to thy bliss :
Are faint, and cold, compared with this.
L. M. 585.
With humble gratitude I raise ;
And fill my heart with lively praise.
My days unclouded, as they pass,
And every gently rolling hoar, Are monuments of wondrous grace,
And witness to thy love and power. 3 Seal my forgiveness in the blood
Of Jesus;-his dear name alone
And kind acceptance, at thy throne. 4 Let this blest hope mine eyelids close
With sleep refresh my feeble frame;
Evening Contemplation. 1 SOFTLY, now, the light of day
Fades upon my sight away ;
Lord! I would commune with theo. 2 Soon for me, the light of day
Shall for ever pass away ;
C. M. 587.
Evening-Prayer and Praise. 1 INDULGENT Father ! by whose care,
I've passed another day,-
Oh! teach me how to pray. 2 Show me my sins, and how to mourn
My guilt before thy face;
And save me by thy grace.
The tokens of thy love;
My soul for joys above. 4 And when, on earth, I close mine eyes,
To sleep in death's embrace,
Ss and 7s. Peculiar. 588.
An Evening-Offering. 1 THROUGH the day thy love has spared us,
Now we lay us down to rest ;
Let no foe our peace molest;
Sweet it is to trust in thee.
Dwelling in the midst of foes,-
In thine arms, let us repose,
Repose and Devotion. 1 NOW from labor and from care,
Evening-shades have set me free;
Lord! I would converse with thee:
Fill me with a Saviour's love. 2 Sin and sorrow, guilt and wo,
Wither all my earthly joys;
But my Saviour's melting voice:
Make me thine for evermore. 3 For the blessings of this day,
For the mercies of this hour,
For the Spirit's quickening power,
C. M. 590.
Like holy incense rise ;
To reach the lofty skies.
Thy hand was still my guard ;
- And still, to drive my wants away,
Thy mercy stood prepared.
Encompass me around;
Hath my Creator found!
To save my wretched soul ?
Fast as the minutes roll !
To thy dear cross I flee ;
To be renewed by thee.
I lay me down to rest, -
C. M. 591.
Evening Prayer and Praise. 1 INDULGENT God! whose bounteous care
O'er all thy works is shown,-
my grateful praise and prayer
How largely hast thou blest!
With cheerfulness-my breast.
From pain and sickness free;
To meditate on thee.
Till life's vain scene is o'er;
C. M. 592.
Secret Prayer at Twilight. 1 I LOVE to steal awhile away,
From every cumbering care,
And spend the hours of setting day,
In humble, grateful prayer. 2. I love, in solitude, to shed
The penitential tear;
When none but God is near. 3 I love to think on mercies past,
And future good implore;
On him whom I adore.
Of brighter scenes in heaven;
While here by tempests driven.
May its departing ray
And lead to endless day.
And we, a lonely band,
To bless thy fostering hand.
To praises low as ours?
The song which meekness pours. 3 And, Jesus ! thou thy smiles wilt deign,
As we before thee pray;
And we are less than they.
All evil far remove;
Thine everlasting love. 5 Thus cleansed from sin and wholly thine,
A flock by Jesus led,
In glory on our head.