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I am forever Thine;
Nor would I dare to sin.
From cares and business free,
With my own heart and Thee. 3 I pay this evening sacrifice,
And when my work is done,
Upon Thy grace alone. 4 Thus with my thoughts composed to
And will my slumbers keep. 897 1 DREAD Sovereign, let my evening song
Like holy incense rise ;
To reach the lofty skies.
Thy hand was still my guard ;
Thy mercy stood prepared.
Encompass me around;
But oh, how few returns of love
Creator found! 4 What have I done for Him that died
To save my wretched soul ?
Fast as the minutes roll! 5 Lord, with this guilty heart of mine,
To Thy dear cross I flee,
To be renewed by Thee. 6 Sprinkled afresh with pardoning blood,
I lay me down to rest,
Or on my Saviour's breast.
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
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.
I, too, at the season ordained, Their chorus forever shall join, And love and adore without end Their faithful Creator and mine.
Thou Shepherd and Guardian of Thine,
They bring me but nearer to Thee. 2 Thy ministering spirits descend
To watch while Thy saints are asleep;
To guard the redeemed of mankind. 3 Their worship no interval knows;
Their fervor is still on the wing;
His praises aloud I'll proclaim,
My boundless, ineffable joy. 2 He freely redeemed with His blood
My soul from the confines of hell,
4 Thou who, sinless, yet hast known
All of man's infirmity; 1 Now with the declining sun
Then from Thine eternal throne,
Jesus, look with pitying eye !
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:
Rest beneath the Almighty's shade;
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,
He will shield thee from above. 5 Thou shalt call on Him in trouble,
He will hearken, He will save;
Crown with life beyond the grave. 905 i Lo, the day of rest declineth,
Gather fast the shades of night;
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!
Keep we watch lest foes alarm;
But for God's protecting arm. 2 Vain were all our toil and labor
Did not God that labor bless;
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;
And the night is drawing nigh.
Paler now the glowing west;
Shall it be the night of rest?
Lord, I cast myself on Thee; Tarry with me through the darkness;
While I sleep, still watch by me. 4 Tarry with
my Saviour !
Morning of eternal rest!
1 DARKNESS was on the deep, O Lord,
Till through the formless chaos sped
“Let there be light,” and darkness fled. 2 The even-tide and morning-light
Thou didst unite, and call them “Day:"
Lord, hear us, as with tears we pray. 3 Oh leave us not in sin and pain,
Captive and hopeless, Lord, to be ;
To wander wide of heaven and Thee. 4 Bring us the heavenly portal in,
Help us to reach the blest award ;
Holy to be, O Holy Lord !
Father of glorious majesty;
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 bed the dying Saviour pressed. 3 Again emerging from the night,
I, like my risen Lord, shall rise ;
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.