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3 'Tis he supports my feeble frame;
My tongue shall speak his praise:
My sins would rouse his wrath to flame,
And yet his wrath delays.
4 Dear God, let all my hours be thine,
Whilst I enjoy the light;
Then shall my sun in smiles decline,
And bring a pleasant night.
1 To thee let my first offerings rise,
Whose sun creates my day,
Swift as his gladdening influence flies,
And spotless as his ray,
1 My God was with me all this night,
And gave me sweet repose;
My God did watch, even whilst I slept,
Or I had never rose.
2 Sweet rest hath gained that strength to me, Which labour did devour;
My body was in weakness sown,
But it is raised in power.
3 Lord, for the mercies of the night,
My humble thanks I pay;
And unto thee I dedicate
The first fruits of the day.
4 Let this day praise thee, O my God,
And so let all my days;
And O let mine eternal day
Be thine eternal praise.
Morning Hymn. For a Child.
1 O God, I thank thee that the night
In peace and rest hath passed away;
And that I see, in this fair light,
My father's smile that makes it day.
2 Be thou my guide, and let me live
As under thine all seeing eye;
Supply my wants, my sins forgive;
And make me happy when I die.
Secret Prayer. Morning or Evening.
1 FATHER divine, thy piercing eye
Shoots through the darkest night;
In deep retirement thou art nigh,
With heart discerning sight.
1 LORD, as the evening shades arise, And chase the twilight from the skies, Thy wondrous bounty may we find, And share it with a grateful mind.
2 O make our weary members blest,
With sweet refreshment in their rest,
And in the hours of darkness spread
Thy guardian arms around our head.
3 Upon our knees, as here we bow,
We pray the Lord of glory now
To fill our breasts, lest deadly sin
Should cause a darker night within.
4 If thoughts on thee our souls employ
E'en darkness will afford us joy ;
Till thou shalt call, and we shall soar,
And part with darkness evermore.
An Evening Psalm.
1 LORD, thou wilt hear me when I pray, I am forever thine;
I fear before thee all the day,
Nor would I dare to sin.
2 And while I rest my weary head,
From cares and business free,
"T is 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 and 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.
1 MIGHTY God! another day
Me hath sped along my way;
Nearer to my grave I've come,
Nearer to my endless home.
2 Thanks for life's extended length,
For continued health and strength,
Food and raiment, sun and air,
Still provided by thy care;
3 Powers of soul and body still
Guarded from each threatening ill,
Friends to love, and good to do,
Truth to seek, and heaven pursue.
4 Gracious God! my thanks sincere
Kindly stoop thee down to hear;
Bid them gush full, warm, and free,
From a spirit filled with Thee!
5 Round me close the shades of night,
Gird me with thy presence bright;
Darkness comes not where Thou art,
Dwell Thou ever in my heart!
C. M. W. L. BowLES.
1 THE stars are shining over head,
In the clear frosty night;