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i 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,
'Tis 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, my 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. 897 1 DREAD Sovereign, let my evening song

Like holy incense rise ;
Assist the offerings of my tongue

To reach the lofty skies.
2 Through all the dangers of the day

Thy hand was still my guard ;
And still to drive my wants away,

Thy mercy stood prepared.
3 Perpetual blessings from above

Encompass me around;

But oh, how few returns of love
Hath

my

Creator found! 4 What have I done for Him that died

To save my wretched soul ?
How are my follies multiplied,

Fast as the minutes roll! 5 Lord, with this guilty heart of mine,

To Thy dear cross I flee,
And to Thy grace my soul resign

To be renewed by Thee. 6 Sprinkled afresh with pardoning blood,

I lay me down to rest,
As in the embraces of my God,

Or on my Saviour's breast.
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I Now from the altar of our hearts

Let flames of love arise ; Assist us, Lord, to offer up

Our evening sacrifice. 2 Minutes and mercies multiplied

Have made up all this day; Minutes came quick, but mercies

were

More swift, more free than they. 3 New time, new favors, and new joys

Do a new song require ; Till we shall praise Thee as we would,

Accept our heart's desire.

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I, too, at the season ordained, Their chorus forever shall join, And love and adore without end Their faithful Creator and mine.

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I INSPIRER and Hearer of prayer,

Thou Shepherd and Guardian of Thine,
My all to Thy covenant care
I sleeping or waking resign:
If Thou art my Shield and my Sun,
The night is no darkness to me;
And fast as my minutes roll on,

They bring me but nearer to Thee. 2 Thy ministering spirits descend

To watch while Thy saints are asleep;
By day and by night they attend,
The heirs of salvation to keep:
Bright seraphs, despatched from the

throne,
Repair to their stations assigned ;
And angels elect are sent down,

To guard the redeemed of mankind. 3 Their worship no interval knows;

Their fervor is still on the wing;
And, while they protect my repose,
They chant to the praise of my King.

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i My gracious Redeemer I love,

His praises aloud I'll proclaim,
And join with the armies above
To shout His adorable Name:
To gaze on His glory divine
Shall be my eternal employ;
To see it incessantly shine,

My boundless, ineffable joy. 2 He freely redeemed with His blood

My soul from the confines of hell,
To live on the smiles of my God,
And in His sweet presence to dwell;
To shine with the angels of light,
With saints and with seraphs to sing,
To view with eternal delight
My Jesus, my Saviour, my King.

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4 Thou who, sinless, yet hast known

All of man's infirmity; 1 Now with the declining sun

Then from Thine eternal throne,
Day to night is passing on:
So doth mortal life descend

Jesus, look with pitying eye !
Swiftly to its destined end.

903 2 From the cross Thine arms spread wide, i Source of light and life divine, Fold the world, O Crucified !

Thou didst cause the light to shine ; Help us love the cross; in Thy

Thou didst bring Thy sunbeams forth Dear embrace help us to die !

O'er Thy new created earth. 3 Glory to the Eternal One! Glory to the Only Son!

2 Shade of night and morning ray Glory to the Spirit be

Took from Thee the name of Day: Now, and through eternity!

Now again the shades are nigh,

Listen to our mournful cry. 902

3 May we ne'er, by guilt deprest, 1 SOFTLY now the light of day

Lose the way to endless rest; Fades upon my sight away;

May no thoughts impure and vain Free from care, from labor free,

Draw our souls to earth again. Lord, I would commune with Thee! 2 Thou, whose all-pervading eye

4 Rather lift them to the skies Nought escapes without, within, Where our dear-bought treasure lies; Pardon each infirmity,

Help us in our daily strife, Open fault, and secret sin !

Make us struggle into life. 3 Soon, for me, the light of day

5 Holy Father, Holy Son, Shall forever pass away;

Holy Spirit, Three in One, Then, from sin and sorrow free

Praise and glory be to Thee Take me, Lord, to dwell with Thee! Now and for eternity:

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Psalm 91.

Psalm 127

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i Call Jehovah thy salvation,

Rest beneath the Almighty's shade;
In His secret habitation

Dwell, nor ever be dismayed. 2 There no tumult can alarm thee,

Thou shalt dread no hidden snare; Guile nor violence can harm thee,

In eternal safeguard there. 3 He shall charge His angel legions

Watch and ward o'er thee to keep, Though thou walk through hostile

regions, Though in desert wilds thou sleep. 4 Since with firm and pure affection,

Thou on God hast set thy love,
With the wings of His protection

He will shield thee from above. 5 Thou shalt call on Him in trouble,

He will hearken, He will save;
Here, for grief reward thee double,

Crown with life beyond the grave. 905 i Lo, the day of rest declineth,

Gather fast the shades of night;
May the Sun which ever shineth,

Fill our souls with heavenly light! 2 While Thine ear of love addressing,

Thus our parting hymn we sing, Father, grant Thine evening blessing,

Fold us safe beneath Thy wing!

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I VAINLY through night's weary hours,

Keep we watch lest foes alarm;
Vain our bulwarks and our towers,

But for God's protecting arm. 2 Vain were all our toil and labor

Did not God that labor bless;
Vain, without His grace and favor,

Every talent we possess. 3 Seek we then the Lord's Anointed;

He shall grant us peace and rest : Ne'er was suppliant disappointed

Who to Christ his prayer addressec. 907 1 Tarry with me, O my Saviour,

For the day is passing by;
See, the shades of evening gather,

And the night is drawing nigh.
2 Deeper, deeper grow the shadows,

Paler now the glowing west;
Swift the night of death advances;

Shall it be the night of rest?
3 Feeble, trembling, fainting, dying,

Lord, I cast myself on Thee; Tarry with me through the darkness;

While I sleep, still watch by me. 4 Tarry with

me,

O

my Saviour !
Lay my head upon Thy breast
Till the morning, then awake me

Morning of eternal rest!

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1 DARKNESS was on the deep, O Lord,

Till through the formless chaos sped
Thine awful all-creating word,

“Let there be light,” and darkness fled. 2 The even-tide and morning-light

Thou didst unite, and call them “Day:"
Now deepens over us the night,-

Lord, hear us, as with tears we pray. 3 Oh leave us not in sin and pain,

Captive and hopeless, Lord, to be ;
Or, reckless whether life we gain,

To wander wide of heaven and Thee. 4 Bring us the heavenly portal in,

Help us to reach the blest award ;
And struggling sore with every sin,

Holy to be, O Holy Lord !
5 Honor and praise be ever Thine,

Father of glorious majesty;
Thine, Son of God! Spirit Divine,

Thine, now and to Eternity ! 909 I THROUGHOUT the hours of darkness

dim, Still let us watch and raise the hymn; And in deep midnight's awful calm,

Pour forth the soul in deepest psalm. 2 Amid the silence, else so drear,

Think the Almighty leans to hear;

Well pleased to list, at such a time.

The wakeful heart, in praise sublime. 3 Still watch and pray, and raise the

hymn, Throughout the hours of darkness dim! God will not spurn the humblest guest,

But give us of His holy rest. 4 Glory to God, who is in heaven!

Praise to His blessed Son be given ! Thee, Holy Spirit, we implore,

Be with us now and evermore! 910 I Soon shall a darker night descend,

And veil from me yon azure skies; And soon shall death's oppressive

hand Lie heavy on these languid eyes. 2 Yet when beneath the dreadful shade

I lay my weary frame to rest,
That night shall not make me afraid ;

That bed the dying Saviour pressed. 3 Again emerging from the night,

I, like my risen Lord, shall rise ;
Again drink in the morning light,
Pure at its fount above the skies.

DOXOLOGY. Now to the Father, and the Son Who rose from death, be glory given, With Thee, O Holy Comforter, Henceforth, by all in earth and heaven.

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