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3 Living stars to view be brought
In the boundless realms of thought;
4 Holy Truth, Eternal Right,
Let them break upon my sight;
“ Abide with us, for it is towards evening."
IABIDE with me! Fast falls the eventide,
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
Help of the helpers, O abide with me!
Earths joys grow dim, its glories pass away :
3 I need thy presence every passing hour:
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Welcome to my weary head!
2 My great Master still allows
Needful periods of repose:
Thus I give my powers to rest.
Night and day his love the same!
Every anxious care forgot!
Crown'st my days with various good;
My defenceless hours shall keep.
Should I be of death afraid?
Death is life, and labor rest:
1 How shall we praise thee, Lord of light?
How all thy boundless love declare?
2 We would adore thee, God sublime,
Whose power and wisdom, love and grace,
3 But thou art present with us here,
As in thy glittering, high domain ;
W. H. BURLEIGH.
1 Day unto day doth utter speech,
And night to night thy voice makes known;
2 O Holy Father! 'mid the calm
And stillness of the evening hour,
For over us, as over all,
Nature's Evening Hymn.
1 The heavenly spheres to thee, O God,
Attune their evening hymn :
In song of seraphim !
Unite to worship thee,
Space, time, eternity.
2 Nature, - a temple worthy thee,
That beams with light and love; Whose flowers so sweetly bloom below,
Whose stars rejoice above;
That rise along the shore;
Of storm and ocean roar :
song gratitude is sung By spring's awakening hours ; Her summer offers at thy shrine
Its earliest, loveliest flowers;
In glorious luxury given;
Thy brightness back to heaven.
4. On all thou smil'st; and what is man
Before thy presence, God?
To-morrow but a clod.
But, kindled, Lord, by thee,
To life, to liberty.
L. M. 102.
Thus far his power prolongs my days!
Some fresh memorial of his grace. 2 Much of
time has run to waste, And I, perhaps, am near my home; But he forgives my follies past,
And gives me strength for days to come. 3 I lay my body down to sleep ;
Peace is the pillow for my head :
Their watchful stations round my bed. 4 Faith in his name forbids
fear : O may thy presence ne'er depart! And in the morning make me hear
Thy love and kindness in my heart. 5 Thus, when the night of death shall come,
My flesh shall rest beneath the ground,