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4 Lord! I my vows to thee renew : Scatter my sins as morning dew; Guard first springs of thought and will, And with thyself my spirit fill.

5 Direct, control, suggest, this day, All I design, or do, or say ; That all my powers, with all their might, In thy sole glory may unite.

348. Evening Hymn.

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Glory to thee, my God! this night,
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep me, oh keep me, King of kings!
Beneath thine own almighty wings !

2
Forgive me, Lord ! through thy dear Son,
The ills that I this day have done ;
That with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

3
Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed;
Teach me to die, that so I may
Triumphant rise at the last day.

4
Oh may my soul on thee repose,
And may sweet sleep my eyelids close !
Sleep that shall me more active make
To serve my God when I awake.

349
Morning Hymn.

1 In sleep's serene oblivion laid, I safely pass'd the silent night ;

Again I see the breaking shade,
Again I view the morning light.

2
New-born, I bless the waking hour;
Once more, with awe, rejoice to be ;
My conscious soul resumes her powers,
And springs, my guardian God, to thee.

3 Oh guide me through the various maze, My doubtful feet are doom'd to tread ! And spread thy shield's protecting blaze, Where dangers press around my head.

4 A deeper shade shall soon impend ; A deeper sleep mine eyes oppress : Yet then thy strength shall still defend, Thy goodness still delight to bless.

5 That deeper shade shall break away; That deeper sleep shall leave mine eyes; Thy light shall give eternal day; Thy love, the rapture of the skies.

350. Evening Hymn.

1 Thus far the Lord hath led me on; Thus far his power prolongs iny days; And every evening shall make known Some fresh memorial of his grace.

2
Much of my time hath run to waste,
And I perhaps am near my home;
But he forgives my follies past,
And gives me strength for days to come.

3
I lay my body down to sleep;
Peace is the pillow of my head;
Thy watchful eye, O Lord, will keep
Its constant guard around bed.

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4
Faith in thy name forbids my fear;
Oh may thy presence ne'er depart!
And in the morning may I bear
Thy loving-kindness on my heart !

351.
Midnight Hymn.

1
WHERR’ER I am, whate'er I
Eternal Lord ! is full of thee :
I feel thee in the gloom of night,
I view thee in the morning light.

2
When care distracts my anxious soul,
Thy grace can every thought control;
Thy word can still the troubled heart,
And peace and confidence impart.

3
If pain invade my broken rest,
Or if corroding griefs molest,
Soon as thy comfort, Lord, appears,
My sighs are hush'd and dried my tears.

4
Thy wisdom guides, thy will directs,
Thine arm upholds, thy power protects;
With thee, when I at dawn converse,
The shadows sink, the clouds disperse.

5
Then, as the sun illumes the skies,
O Sun of Righteousness, arise !
Dispel the gloom of mental night,
Being of beings! Light of light!

352.
Morning Hymn.

1 To thee let my first offerings rise,

Whose sun creates my day;

Swift as his gladdening influence flies, And spotless as his ray.

2
This day thy favouring hand be nigh,

So oft vouchsaf'd before :
Still may it lead, protect, supply,
And I that hand adore !

3
If bliss thy providence impart,

For which resign'd I pray,
Give me to feel the grateful heart,
And cheerful pass the day.

4
Afliction should thy love intend,

As sin's or folly's cure ;
Patient, to gain that blessed end,
May I the means endure !

5
Be this, and every future day,

Still wiser than the past ;
That, from the whole of life's survey,
I may find peace at last.

353.
Evening Hymn.—Ps. iv.

1 Lord! thou wilt hear me when I pray;

I am for ever 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

yn heart and thee.

3 I pay this evening sacrifice;

And when my work is done,

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Great God! my faith, my hope relies
Upon thy grace alone.

4 Thus, with my thoughts compos’d to peace,

I'll give mine eyes to sleep;
Thy hand in safety keeps my days,
Ånd will my slumbers keep.

3.54.
The Daily Goodness of God.

1
My God, how endless is thy love!
Thy gifts are every evening new;
And morning mercies from above
Gently distil, like early dew.

'Thou spread'st the curtains of the night,
Great Guardian of my sleeping hours ?
Thy sovereign word restores the light,
And quickens all my drowsy powers.

3
I yield my powers to thy command :
To thee I consecrate my days :
Perpetual blessings from thy hand
Demand perpetual songs of praise.

355.
Evening Hymn.

1
INTERVAL of grateful shade,
Welcome to my weary head !
Welcome slumbers to mine eyes,
Tird with glaring vanities !

2
My great Master still allows
Needful periods of repose :
By my heavenly Father blest,
Thus I give my powers to rest.

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