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1262 Thou makest the outgoings of the morning
and evening to rejoice. - Ps. 65. 8. 1
The heat and burden of the toilsome day, Be with me also in the silent night,
Be with me when the daylight fades away. 2 O speak a word of blessing, gracious Lord,
Thy blessing is endued with soothing power ; On the poor heart worn out with toil, Thy word
Falls soft and gentle as the evening shower. 3 How sad and cold, if Thou be absent, Lord,
The evening leaves me, and my heart how dead! But if Thy presence grace my humble board,
I seem with heavenly manna to be fed ; 4 Fraught with rich blessing, breathing sweet
repose, The calm of evening settles on my breast; If Thou be with me when
labours close, No more is needed to complete my rest. 5 Come, then, O Lord, and deign to be my guest,
After the day's confusion, toil, and din;
To give salvation, and to pardon sin ! 6 Bind up the wounds, assuage the aching smart
Left in my bosom from the day just past, And let me on a Father's loving heart Forget my griefs, and find sweet rest at last.
c. J. P. SPITTA. 1843.
TR. BY RICHARD MASSIE.
1263 I am the Good Shepherd. --John 10. 14. 1 (HEPHERD of tender youth,
Guiding, in love and truth,
To shout Thy praise.
Healer of strife :
And give us life.
Of holy love;
Help from above.
Our staff and song:
Make our faith strong.
5 So now, and till we die,
And joyful sing.
CLEMENS ALEXANDRINUS. 210.
TR. BY H. M. DEXTER.
1264 He shall feed His flock like a shepherd.
ESUS is our Shepherd,
Isa. 40. 11.
Folded in His bosom,
What have we to fear ?
Whither He doth lead,
Or the dewy mead.
Well we know His voice,
Makes our heart rejoice!
Tender is His tone :
We are His alone.
For the sheep He bled ;
With the blood He shed;
His own secret sign-
These," saith He, are Mine,"
4 Jesus is our Shepherd;
Guarded by His arm,
None can do us harm;
Dark with fearful gloom,
HUGH STOWELL. 1849,
FAIR waved the
S.M. 1265 In the day of the first fruits ; bring a
new meat offering unto the Lord. --Numb. 28. 26.
In Canaan's pleasant land,
Went forth the reaper-band.
To God, so good and great,
Their cheerful thanks they pour,
The choicest of their store.
Spoken by Moses, ran-
The rest He gives to man.” 4 Like Israel, Lord, we give
Our earliest fruits to Thee,
We may Thy children be.
And life and all its powers;
And bless our evening hours.
6 In wisdom let us grow
As years and strength are given,
J. H. GURNEY. 1838.
1266 I am the way, the Truth, and the Life.
John 14. 6.
From twilight dawn to perfect day,
That youth may love, and age adore. 2 O Way, through whom our souls draw near
To yon eternal home of peace,
Our heavenward path, O Lord, through Thee. 3 () Truth, before whose throne we bow,
Thou priceless pearl for all who seek,
Turn Thou our darkness into light. 4 O Life, the well that ever flows
To slake the thirst of those who faint,