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And spread thy shield's protecting blaze
Where dangers press around my head. 4 A deeper shade shall soon impend,
A deeper sleep my eyes oppress; Yet then thy strength shall still defend,
Thy goodness still delight to bless. 5 That deeper shade shall break away;
That deeper sleep shall leave my eyes; Thy light shall give eternal day ;
Thy love the rapture of the skies.
HYMN 515. 8 s. M. [#]
Thou of life the Guard and Giver !
Hallowed be thy name forever ! 2 God of evening's yellow ray,
God of yonder dawning day,
HYMN 516. L. M. [#]
Thy daily stage of duty run;
pay thy morning sacrifice. 2 Illumined by the light divine,
Let thine own light to others shine ;
In ardent love and cheerful praise. 3 Lord, I my vows to thee renew ;
Scatter my sins as morning dew;
And with thyself my spirit fill.
All I design, or do, or say,
HYMN 517, C. M. [#]
Morning or Evening Hymn.
My waking thoughts attend,
In whom my wishes end.
Thy boundless love surveys ;
Her sacrifice of praise.
3 When evening slumbers press my eyes,
With thy protection blest,
My weary limbs to rest.
Fears no approaching ill;
Thou, Lord, art with me still. 5 Then will I daily to the world
Thy wondrous acts proclaim ;
And bless thy sacred name.
HYMN 518. L. M. [b or #]
Evening Recollections. 1 ANOTHER fleeting day is gone;
Slow o'er the west the shadows rise ; Swist the soft-stealing hours have flown,
And night's dark mantle veils the skies. 2 Another fleeting day is gone,
Swift from the records of the year ;
Life's fading visions disappear. 3 Another fleeting day is gone;
But soon a fairer day shall rise,
Shall pour its light o'er cloudless skies. 4 Another fleeting day is gone ;
In solemn silence rest, my soul ;
Who bids the morn and evening roll.
HYMN 519. C. M. [#]
In ocean dips his beams;
In milder glory streams.
In sweet succession reigns,
The mountains, vales, and plains. 3 The planets in progression rise,
And shine from pole to pole ;
And charms the rising soul.
Through all its ample round :
Thy wisdom knows no bound.
HYMN 520. L. M. [#]
Family Duties and Blessings.
Which crowns our families with peace :
Their root and branches are sustained. 2 To God, most worthy to be praised, Be our domestic altars raised
; Though Lord of heaven, he deigns to dwell With saints in their obscurest cell.
3 To him let each united house,
Morning and night, present their vows;
Be taught his precepts and his grace.
The honours of thy glorious name ;
HYMN 521. L. M. [bor #]
Communion with the Heart. 1 RETURN, my roving heart, return,
And chase these shadowy forms no more ; Seek out some solitude to mourn,
And your forsaken God implore.
Distinct surveys each deep recess,
And with thy presence fill the place. 3 Through all the mazes of my heart,
The search let heavenly wisdom guide,
Till all be searched and purified. 4 Then, with the visits of thy love,
Vouchsafe my inmost soul to cheer,
That God hath fixed his dwelling there.