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God has brought us on our way;
Waiting in His courts to-day; Day of all the week the best,
Emblem of eternal rest. 2 While we pray for pardoning grace,
Through the dear Redeemer's name, Show Thy reconciled face;
Take away our sin and shame; From our worldly cares set free, May we rest this day in Thee.
3 Here we come Thy name to praise,
Let us feel Thy presence near; May Thy glory meet our eyes,
While we in Thy house appear: Here afford us, Lord, a taste
Of our everlasting feast. 4 May Thy gospel's joyful sound
Conquer sinners, comfort saints; May the fruits of grace abound,
Bring relief for all complaints: Thus may all our Sabbaths prove Till we join the Church above.
John Newton, 1774: alt.
But pass not from us with the sun, True Light that light'nest
1 OUR day of praise is done,
The evening shadows fall;
True Light that lightenest all.
Where night can never be,
Bring ceaseless hymns to Thee.
Too soon of praise we tire;
Of that eternal choir!
If Thou attune the heart,
May bear our lower part.
Each wayward thought reclaim,
Of glory to Thy name.
Shall come the glorious end;
In perfect praise shall blend.
John Ellerton, 1868, 71
Millions this day before Thee bowed;
Vows with their lips to Thee they vowed.
2 Still as the light of morning broke
O'er island, continent, or deep, Thy far-spread family awoke,
Sabbath all round the world to keep.
3 From east to west the sun surveyed,
From north to south, adoring throngs;
The stars came out to hear their songs.
4 And not a prayer, a tear, a sigh,
Hath failed this day some suit to gain; To those in trouble Thou wert nigh,
Not one has sought Thy face in vain.
5 Yet one prayer more, and be it one
In which both heaven and earth accord;
James Montgomery, 1841
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to us Thine own sure word, And be Thou here Thy - self, O Lord. A- men.
1 THOU in whose name the two or three
1 Are met to-day to meet with Thee,
2 To-day our week, but now begun,
Already half its course hath run;
3 Thou, by whose grace alone we live,
Our oft-repeated sins forgive;
4 Give thankful hearts Thy gifts to share;
John Ellerton, 1871