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504 Wayland-p. 82.] L. M.
Thy gifts are every evening new;
Gently descend like early dew. 2 Thou spread'st the curtains of the night,
Great Guardian of my sleeping hours ; Thy sovereign word restores the light,
And quiokens all my drowsy powers.
To thee devote my nights and days;
Demand perpetual songs of praise. 505 Benevento--p. 222.] 7th P. M. 8 lines 7s.
MNIPRESENT God! whose aid
Be this night about my bed,
Every evil thought restrain :
God of my unguarded hours !
Hell, and earth, and nature's powers. / 2 0 thou jealous God! come down,
God of spotless purity;
Consecrate my heart to thee :
Songs in the night season give;
Let me die to thee, and live.
Thy own holiness impart ;
With my Saviour in my heart !
O that I may know thee mine!
O that I may thee receive ! Only live the life divine !
Only to thy glory live! 506 Carver-p. 32.]
Unfold thy drowsy eyes,
Thine active faculties. 2 God's guardian shield was round me spread In my.
defenceless sleep: Let him have all my waking hours
Who doth my slumbers keep. 3 Pardon, O God, my former sloth,
And arm my soul with grace; As rising now, I seal my vows
To prosecute thy ways.
Thy radiant beams display,
To everlasting day.
OW from the altar of our hearts
Let warmest thanks arise ; Assist us, Lord, to offer up
Our evening sacrifice.
Our keeper and our guide;
His mercies multiplied.
Have made up all this day ;
Minutes came quick, but mercies were
More swift and free than they.
Do a new song require :
Accept our heart's desire.
ATHER, to thee I lift mine eyes,
My longing eyes, and restless heart;
And wait to taste how good thou art;
Warn'd by thy Spirit's inward call,
And pray that I no more may fall ;
'Gainst every known or secret foe;
A sober, vigilant mind bestow,
Secure within the verge of hell,
In lowly awe and loving zeal ;
And wise from evil to depart,
Let me from strength to strength proceed,
And rise to purity of heart :
VHUS far the Lord hath led me on,
Some fresh memorial of his grace. 2 Much of my 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 While well-appointed angels keep
Their watchful stations round bed. 4 Thus when the night of death shall come,
My flesh shall rest beneath the ground, And wait thy voice to rouse my tomb,
With sweet salvation in the sound. 510 Petersburgh-p. 83.) L. M. O
Ere shines the dawn of rising day, Thy sovereign light within my heart,
Thy all-enlivening power, display. 2 For thee my thirsty soul doth pant,
While in this desert land I live ;
My whole desire on thee, O Lord,
And more I joy to gain thy grace,
Than all earth's treasures can afford. 4 More dear than life itself, thy love
My heart and tongue shall still employ ; And to declare thy praise will prove
My peace, my glory, and my joy. 5 In blessing thee with grateful songs,
My happy life shall glide away ; The praise that to thy name belongs,
Hourly with lifted hands I 'll pay. 6 Abundant sweetness while I sing
Thy love, my ravish'd heart o'erflows; Secure in thee, my God and King,
Of glory that no period knows. 7 Thy name, O God, upon my bed,
Dwells on my lips, and fires my thought: With trembling awe, in midnight shade,
I muse on all thy hands have wrought. 8 In all I do I feel thine aid ;
Therefore thy greatness will I sing, O God, who bidd'st my heart be glad,
Beneath the shadow of thy wing! 9 My soul draws nigh and cleaves to thee :
Then let or earth or hell assail, Thy mighty hand shall set me free;
For whom thou sav'st, he ne'er shall fail.
PARENTS AND MASTERS
511 Craven—p. 36.] C. M.
OD, only wise, almighty, good,
And guide our steps aright.