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3 When sleep, death's semblance, o'er me spread,

And I unconscious lay,
Thy watchful care was round my bed,

To guard my feeble clay.
4 O let the same almighty care

My waking hours attend; From every danger, every snare,

My heedless steps defend. 5 Smile on my minutes as they roll,

And guide my future days; And let thy goodness fill my soul

With gratitude and praise.



Morning Hymn.
1 Now the shades of night are gone;

Now the morning light is come;
Lord, may we be thine to-day,

Drive the shades of sin away.
2 Fill our souls with heavenly light,

Banish doubt and clear our sight;
In thy service, Lord, to-day,

May we stand, and watch and pray.
3 Keep our haughty passions bound;

Save us from our foes around;
Going out and coming in,

Keep us safe from every sin.
4 When our work of life is past,

O receive us then at last;
Night and sin will be no more,
When we reach the heavenly shore.


Morning Hymn.
1 On thee, each morning, O my God,

My waking thoughts attend;
In thee are founded all my hopes,

In thee my wishes end.
2 My soul, in pleasing wonder lost,

Thy boundless love surveys;
And, fired with grateful zeal, prepares

A sacrifice of praise. 3 God leads me through the maze of sleep,

And brings me safe to light;
And, with the same paternal care,

Conducts my steps till night. 4 When evening slumbers press my eyes,

With his protection blest,
In peace and safety I commit

My wearied limbs to rest.
5 My spirit, in his hand secure,

Fears no approaching ill;
For, whether waking or asleep,

Thou, Lord, art with me still.


Acknowledging God's Hand. Morning.
1 What secret hand, at morning light,

Softly unseals mine eye,
Draws back the curtain of the night,

And opens earth and sky?

2 'Tis thine, my God—the same that kept

My resting hours from harm;
No ill came nigh me, for I slept

Beneath the Almighty's arm.
3 'Tis thine—my daily bread that brings,

Like manna scattered round,
And clothes me, as the lily springs

In beauty from the ground.
4 In death's dark valley though I stray,

'T would there my steps attend, Guide with the staff my lonely way,

And with the rod defend.
5 May that sure hand uphold me still

Through life's uncertain race,
To bring me to thine holy hill,

And to thy dwelling-place.


Morning or Evening.
1 As every day thy mercy spares

Will bring its trials or its cares,
O Father, till my life shall end,
Be thou my counsellor and friend;
Teach me thy statutes all divine,
And let thy will be always mine.

2 When each day's scenes and labors close,

And wearied nature seeks repose,
With pardoning mercy, richly blest,
Guard me, my Father, while I rest:
And as each morning sun shall rise,
O lead me on ward to tlie skies!

3 And at my life's last setting sun,

My conflicts o'er, my labors done-
Father, thine heavenly radiance shed,
To cheer and bless my dying bed;
And from death's gloom my spirit raise,
To see thy face, and sing thy praise.

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AU from God. Morning or Evening. 1 Father ! thy paternal care

Has my guardian been, my guide!
Every hallowed wish and prayer
Has thy hand of love supplied;
Thine is every thought of bliss,
Left by hours and days gone by;
Every hope thy offspring is,

Beaming from futurity.
2 Every sun of splendid ray;

Every moon that shines serene;
Every morn that welcomes day;
Every evening's twilight scene;
Every hour which wisdom brings;
Every incense at thy shrine;
These—and all life's holiest things,

And its fairest,--all are thine.
3 And for all, my hymns shall rise

Daily to thy gracious throne:
Thither let my asking eyes
Turn unwearied-righteous One!
Through life's strange vicissitude
There reposing all my care,
Trusting still, through ill and good,
Fixed and cheered and counselled there.

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WATTS. Watchfulness and Brotherly Reproof. Morning or Evening.

Ps. 141.
1 My God, accept my early vows,

Like morning incense in thy house ;
And let my nightly worship rise,

Sweet as the evening sacrifice. 2 Watch o'er my lips, and guard them, Lord,

From every rash and heedless word;
Nor let my feet incline to tread

The guilty path where sinners lead. 30 may the righteous, when I stray,

Smite and reprove my wandering way!
Their gentle words, like ointment, shed,

Shall never bruise, but cheer my head. 4 When I behold them pressed with grief,

I'll cry to Heaven for their relief;
And by my warm petitions prove
How much I prize their faithful love.



Morning or Evening Song.
1 My God, how endless is thy love!

Thy gifts are every evening new;
And morning mercies, from above,

Gently distil like early dew. 2 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.

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