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5 Gently, with the dawning ray,
On my soul, thy beams display;
S. M. 580.
Morning-Prayer-Meeting. 1 HOW sweet the melting lay,
That breaks upon the ear,
Christians unite in prayer ! 2 The breezes waft their cries,
Up to Jehovah's throne;
And sends his blessings down. 3 So Jesus rose to pray,
Before the morning.light;
And wrestle all the night. 4 Glory to God on high,
Who sends his blessings down,
S. M. 581.
These airy visions chase;
run the heavenly race.
Pursues his shining way
With every brightening ray!
Her heavenly parent sing ;
Her humble tribute bring.
Beneath his guardian care;
My kind preserver near.
5 Dear Saviour! to thy cross,
I bring my sacrifice;
C. M. 582.
Salutes thy waking eyes :
To him who rules the skies.
The day renews the sound;
To turn the seasons round.
My tongue shall speak his praise;
And yet his wrath delays.
Since the last setting sun;
And yet my moments run.
Whilst I enjoy the light;
L. M. 583.
Morning-Gratitude. 1 IN sleep's serene oblivion laid,
I safely passed the silent night;
drink again the morning-light.
Once more, with awe, rejoice to be;
And springs, my guardian God! to thee. 3 Oh! guide me through the various maze,
My doubtful feet may this day tread; And spread thy shield's protecting blaze,
Where dangers press around my head.
4 A deeper shade will soon impend,
A deeper sleep mine eyes oppress;
Thy goodness still delight to bless. 5 That deeper shade shall break away,
That deeper sleep shall leave mine eyes,
The cheerful sun makes haste to rise,
To run his journey through the skies ;2 From the fair chambers of the east,
The circuit of his race begins,
Round the whole earth, he flies and shines. 3 Oh! like the sun may I fulfill
Th' appointed duties of the day;
on, and keep my heavenly way. 4 Lord ! thy commands are clean and pure,
Enlightening our beclouded eyes;
Thy gospel makes the simple wise. 5 Give me thy counsel for my guide,
And then receive me to thy bliss :
Are faint, and cold, compared with this.
L. M. 585.
With humble gratitude I raise ;
And fill my heart with lively praise.
My days unclouded, as they pass,
And every gently rolling hoar, Are monuments of wondrous grace,
And witness to thy love and power. 3 Seal my forgiveness in the blood
Of Jesus;-his dear name alone
And kind acceptance, at thy throne. 4 Let this blest hope mine eyelids close
With sleep refresh my feeble frame;
Evening Contemplation. 1 SOFTLY, now, the light of day
Fades upon my sight away ;
Lord! I would commune with theo. 2 Soon for me, the light of day
Shall for ever pass away ;
C. M. 587.
Evening-Prayer and Praise. 1 INDULGENT Father ! by whose care,
I've passed another day,-
Oh! teach me how to pray. 2 Show me my sins, and how to mourn
My guilt before thy face;
And save me by thy grace.
The tokens of thy love;
My soul for joys above. 4 And when, on earth, I close mine eyes,
To sleep in death's embrace,
8s and 78. Peculiar. 588. An Evening-Offering. 1 THROUGH the day thy love has spared us,
Now we lay us down to rest;
Let no foe our peace molest;
Sweet it is to trust in thee.
Dwelling in the midst of foes,-
In thine arms, let us repose,
Repose and Devotion. 1 NOW from labor and from care,
Evening-shades have set me free;
Lord! I would converse with thee:
Fill me with a Saviour's love. 2 Sin and sorrow, guilt and wo,
Wither all my earthly joys;
But my Saviour's melting voice:
Make me thine for evermore. 3 For the blessings of this day,
For the mercies of this hour,
For the Spirit's quickening power,
C. M. 590. An Evening-Song. I DREAD Sovereign, let my evening.song
Like holy incense rise ;
To reach the lofty skies.
Thy hand was still my guard ;