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And earth draws near to heaven!

2 Lord, in Thy sacred hour,

Within Thy courts we bend;
And bless Thy love, and own Thy power,

Our Father and our Friend.

3 But Thou art not alone

In courts by mortals trod; Nor only is the day Thine own

When crowds adore their God;

4 Thy temple is the arch

Of yon unmeasured sky;
Thy Sabbath the stupendous march

Of vast eternity.

5 Lord, may a holier day

Dawn on Thy servants' sight;
And grant us in Thy courts to pray

Of pure unclouded light.

Stephen G, Bulfinch, 1832

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AFELY through another week

God has brought us on our way;
Let us now a blessing seek,

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.

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But pass not from us with the sun, True Light that lightinest

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1 UR day of praise is done,

The evening shadows fall;
But pass not from us with the sun,

True Light that lightenest all.
2 Around the throne on high,

Where night can never be,
The white-robed harpers of the sky

Bring ceaseless hymns to Thee.
3 Too faint our anthems here;

Too soon of praise we tire;
But () the strains how full and clear,

Of that eternal choir!
4 Yet, Lord, to Thy dear will,

If Thou attune the heart,
We in Thine angels' music still

May bear our lower part.
5 'Tis Thine each soul to calm,

Each wayward thought reclaim,
And make our life a daily psalm

Of glory to Thy name.
6 A little while, and then

Shall come the glorious end;
And songs of angels and of men

In perfect praise shall blend.

John Ellerton, 1868, 71

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5 Yet one prayer more, and be it one

In which both heaven and earth accord;
Fulfil Thy promise to Thy Son,
Let all that breathe call Jesus, Lord!

James Montgomery, 1841

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us Thine own sure word, And be Thou here Thy - self, O Lord.

A - men.

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