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3 Spirit of truth and love,
Shed forth thy light;
Bless us to-night.
NEARER HOME. Irregular.
Comes to me o'er and o'er-
Than I ever have been before.
Where the many mansions be;
Nearer the jasper sea;
Where we lay our burdens down;Nearer leaving the cross
Nearer gaining the crown. 4 But lying darkly between,
Winding down through the night, Is the dim and unknown stream
That leads me at last to the light.
5 Closer, closer my steps
Come to the dark abysm;
Presses the awful chrysm.
faith; Let me feel as I would when I stand
On the rock of the shore of death.
8. 7. Winter-Sicilian Mariners' Hymn--Corinth. 1 Saviour, breathe an evening blessing,
Ere repose our spirits seal,
Thou canst save and thou canst heal. 2 Though destruction walk around us,
Though the arrows past us fly,
We are safe for thou art nigh.
Darkness cannot hide from thee:
Watchest where thy people be. 4 Should swift death this night o’ertake us,
And our couch become our tomb,
Člad in light, and deathless bloom.
I LAID ME DOWN AND SLEPT.
8s. Plaistow-Chorlton Place. 1 What though my frail eyelids refuse
Continual watching to keep, And punctual as midnight renews,
Demand the refreshment of sleep; A sovereign protector I have,
Unseen, yet for ever at hand, Unchangeably faithful to save,
Almighty to rule and command. 2 Kind author and ground of my hope,
Thee, thee, for my God I avow, My glad Eben-ezer set up,
And own thou hast helped me till now; I muse on the years that are past,
Wherein my defence thou hast proved, Nor wilt thou relinquish at last
A sinner so signally loved. 3 Inspirer and hearer of prayer,
Thou feeder and guardian of thine, My all to thy covenant care
I sleeping and waking resign; If thou art my shield and my sun
The night is no darkness to me And fast as my moments roll on,
They bring me but nearer to thee.
4 Thy worship no interval knows,
Thine angels are still on the wing;
They chaunt to the praise of my King;
Their chorus for ever shall join,
THE KEY OF THE MORNING AND
S. M. Romberg-St. Cuthbert-St. Clair. 1 Come to the morning prayer,
Come let us kneel and pray;
To walk with God all day. 2 At noon, beneath the Rock
Of Ages rest and pray;
When the sun smites by day. 3 At eve, shut to the door,
Round the home altar pray,
At “heaven's gate” close the day. 4 When midnight seals our eyes,
Let each in spirit say,
With thee to watch and pray.”
428. EVENING HYMN.
L.M. Kent2_Sanderson's 26-Beethoven. 1 Come to me, Lord, when first I wake,
As the faint lights of morning break;
Like crystal dew-drops, to the skies. 2 Come to me in the sultry noon,
Or earth's low communings will soon
And change my fairest day to night. 3 Come to me in the evening shade,
And if my heart from thee hath strayed,
Smile on me like thine evening star. 4 Come to me in the midnight hour,
When sleep withholds its balmy power ;
Like John, upon my Saviour's breast. 5 Come to me through life's varied way,
And when its pulses cease to play,
That where thou art, thy child may be. 429. SATURDAY EVENING.
678. Huss—GenevaDay Star. 1 Safely through another week
God has brought us on our way,