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SAVIOUR, again to thy dear name we raise,

With one accord, our parting hymn of praise;
We stand to bless thee ere our worship cease,
Then, lowly kneeling, wait thy word of peace.


Grant us thy peace upon our homeward way ;
With thee began, with thee shall end the day;
Guard thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame,
That in this house have called upon thy name.


Grant us thy peace through this approaching night,
Turn thou for us its darkness into light;

From harm and danger keep thy,
For dark and light are both alike to thee.


Grant us thy peace throughout our earthly life,
Our balm in sorrow, and our stay in strife;
Then, when thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,
Call us, O Lord, to thine eternal peace.

JOHN ELLERTON, 1826-1893.

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LOVE divine, of all that is
The sweetest still and best,
Fain would I come and rest to-night


Upon thy tender breast.

I pray thee turn me not away,
For, sinful though I be,
Thou knowest everything I need,
And all my need of thee.


And yet the spirit in my heart
Says, wherefore should I pray
That thou shouldst seek me with thy love,
Since thou dost seek alway,
And dost not even wait until

I urge my steps to thee,
But in the darkness of my life
Art coming still to me?


I do not pray because I would;
I pray because I must:

There is no meaning in my prayer
But thankfulness and trust;

And thou wilt hear the thought I mean,

And not the words I say,

Wilt hear the thanks among the words
That only seem to pray.


I would not have thee otherwise
Than what thou still must be;

Yea, thou art God, and what thou art
Is ever best for me.

And so, for all my sighs, my heart
Shall sing itself to rest,

O Love divine, most far and near,
Upon thy tender breast.


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