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S. M.

Flight of Time.

1 ANOTHER day is past,
The hours forever fled,
And time is bearing us away
To mingle with the dead.


2 Our minds in perfect peace

Our Father's care shall keep;
We yield to gentle slumber now,

For thou canst never sleep.


3 How blessed, Lord, are they
On thee securely stayed!
Nor shall they be in life alarmed,
Nor be in death dismayed.


C. M.
Recognition of daily Mercies.
1 ETERNAL God of love and power,
I will thy praise resound,
And tell how every passing hour
Is with thy goodness crowned.

2 Throughout the day, thy tender care
Has all my wants supplied,
And deigned from every baneful snare
My erring steps to guide.

3 But, O, my tongue in vain essays
Thy bounty to declare;
It ne'er can tell, in mortal lays,
How great thy mercies are.

4 But yet thine all-discerning eye
My grateful heart can see;
And all its warm emotions lie,
O Lord, exposed to thee.

5 Now, while mine eyes are closed in sleep, Wilt thou my Guardian be,

And deign my wearied frame to keep
From every danger free.


6s & 5s.
Seeking Protection.

1 0 THOU who hearest prayer,
Through his submission
Who did our sorrows bear,

Hear our petition:
Lead us in thine own way;
Grant us, we humbly pray,
For all our sins this day,
Holy contrition.

2 They shall lie down in peace,
Lord, whom thou keepest;
Thy mercies never cease;
Thou never sleepest:
Guard us till morning's ray
Bids us again essay
Who shall pour forth the lay
Loudest and deepest.


L. M.
Trusting God

1 GLORY to thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light:
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath the shadow of thy wings.


2 Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
The ills which I this day have done;
That with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.


3 Teach me to live that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed;
Teach me to die that so I may
With joy behold the judgment day.
4 Be thou my Guardian while I sleep;
Thy watchful station near me keep;
My heart with love celestial fill,
And guard me from th' approach of ill.

5 Lord, let my heart forever share
The bliss of thy paternal care:
"Tis heaven on earth, 'tis heaven above,
To see thy face and sing thy love.


8s & 7s.

Confidence in God's Protection.

1 SAVIOUR, breathe an evening blessing
Ere repose our spirits seal;
Sin and want we come confessing;
Thou canst save and thou canst heal.


2 Though destruction walk around us,
Though the arrows past us fly,
Angel guards from thee surround us;
We are safe, if thou art nigh.

3 Though the night be dark and dreary,
Darkness cannot hide from thee;
Thou art he who, never weary,
Watchest where thy people be.

4 Should swift Death this night o'ertake us,
And command us to the tomb,
May the morn in heaven awake us,
Clad in bright, eternal bloom.



Praise to God.

1 BLESSED be thy name forever,
Thou of life the glorious Giver:
Thou canst guard thy creatures, sleeping;
Heal the heart long broke with weeping.

2 Thou who slumberest not, nor sleepest,
Blest are they thou kindly keepest:
Thou of every good the Giver,
Blessed be thy name forever.

I fear before thee all the day,
Nor would I dare to sin.



C. M.
Evening Devotion.

1 LORD, thou wilt hear me when I pray; I am forever thine:

2 And while I rest my weary head, From cares and business free, "Tis sweet conversing on my bed With my own heart and thee.


3 I pay this evening sacrifice;
And when my work is done,
Great God, my faith, my hope relies
Upon thy grace alone.

4 Thus with my thoughts composed to peace,
I'll give mine eyes to sleep;
Thy hand in safety keeps my days,
And will my slumbers keep.



C. M.


1 WITH songs and honors sounding loud,
Address the Lord on high;

O'er all the heavens he spreads his cloud,
And waters veil the sky.


2 He sends his showers of blessings down,
To cheer the plains below;

He makes the grass the mountains crown,
And corn in valleys grow.

3 His steady counsels change the face
Of each declining year;

He bids the sun cut short his race,
And wintry days appear.

4 On us his providence has shone,
With gentle, smiling rays;
O, may our lips and lives make known
His goodness and his praise.


C. M.


1 WHEN verdure clothes the fertile vale, And blossoms deck the spray,

And fragrance breathes in every gale,

How sweet the vernal day!


2 Hark! how the feathered warblers sing!
"Tis nature's cheerful voice;
Soft music hails the lovely spring,
And woods and fields rejoice.

3 O God of nature and of grace,

Thy heavenly gifts impart;
Then shall my meditation trace
Spring, blooming in my heart.

4 Inspired to praise, I then shall join
Glad nature's cheerful song,
And love and gratitude divine
Attune my joyful tongue.


H. M.


1 HOW pleasing is the voice
Of God, our heavenly King,
Who bids the frosts retire,

And wakes the lovely spring! Bright suns arise, The mild wind blows, Through earth and skies

2 The morn, with glory crowned,
His hand arrays in smiles:
He bids the eve decline,
Rejoicing o'er the hills:


The evening breeze His beauty blooms
His breath perfumes; | In flowers and trees.

3 With life he clothes the spring,
The earth with summer warms,
He spreads th' autumnal feast,
And rides on wintry storms:
His gifts divine
And round the year
Through all appear; | His glories shine.


C. M.


1 WHEN brighter suns and milder skies
Proclaim the opening year,

What various sounds of joy arise!
What prospects bright appear!


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