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4. The rising morn cannot assure,
That we shall end the day;
To take our lives away.
Our joy and safety brings.
HYMN 400. c. M.
Employ my noblest pow'rs,
And fills the circling hours; 2. Preserv'd by thy almighty arm,
I pass the shades of night, Serene and safe from ev'ry harm,
And see returning light. 3. While many spent the night in sighs,
And restless pains and woes, In gentle sleep I clos’d my eyes
Ånd undisturb'd repose. 4. When sleep, death's semblance, o'er me spread,
And I unconscious lay ;
To guard my feeble clay. 5. O let the same almighty care
My waking hours attend; From ev'ry trespass, ev'ry snare,
My heedless steps defend.
And guide my future days;
HYMN 401. L. M. 1. IN sleep's serene oblivion laid,
I safely pass'd the silent night: Again I see the breaking shade,
I drink again the morning light,
2. New-born, I bless the waking hour;
Once more, with awe, rejoice to be: My conscious soul resumes her pow'r,
And springs, my guardian God ! to thee. 3. O guide me through the various maze,
My doubtful feet are doom'd to tread;
Where dangers press around my head. 4. A deeper shade shall soon impend :
A deeper sleep my eyes oppress:
Thy goodness still delight to bless. 5. That deeper shade shall break away :
That deeper sleep shall leave my eyes : -
HYMN 402 L. M.
Thy daily stage of duty run;
To pay thy morning sacrifice. 2. By influ’nce of the light divine,
Let thy own light to others shine ;
In ardent love and cheerful praise. 3. Lord ! I my vows to thee renew :
Disperse my sins as morning dew;
And with thyself my spirit fill.
All I design to do or say
In thy sole glory may unite.
And hast refresh'd me, while I slept !
HYMN 403. c. M.
Whose sun creates my day;
Swift as his gladd’ning influence flies,
And spotless as his ray.
So oft vouchsaf'd before !
And I that hand adore.
For which, resign'd I pray:
That, without guilt, is gay.
As sin's or folly's cure: Patient, to gain that blessed end,
May I the means endure. 5. Be this and ev'ry future day
Still wiser than the past;
may find peace at last.
HYMN 404. L. M. 1. ALE praise to thee, my God! this night,
For all the blessings of the light. Keep me, o keep me, King of kings !
Beneath thy own almighty wings. 2. Forgive me, Lord, through thy dear Son,
The ill that I have ever done;
I, e'er I sleep, at peace may be.
The grave as little as my bed;
HYMN 405. L. M. 1. THUS far the Lord has
led me on; Thus far his pow'r prolongs my days ; And ev'ry ev'ning shall make known
Some fresh memorial of his grace.
2. Much of my time has run to waste,
And I, perhaps, am near my home :
And strength supplies for days to come.
head: His ever-watchful eye will keep
Its constant guard around my bed. 4. Faith in his name forbids my fear:
O may thy presence ne'er depart!
HYMN 406. C. M.
O'er all thy works is shown:
"Ascend before thy throne.
How richly hast thou bless'd! My cup with plenty overflow'd,
With cheerfulness my breast. 3. How may sweet slumbers close my eyes,
From pain and sickness free; And let my waking thoughts arise,
To meditate on thee. 1. So bless each future day and night,
'Till life's fond scene is o'er; And then to realms of endless light O let my spirit soar !
HYMN 407. c. M. 1. LORD! thou wilt hear
when I pray ; I fear before thee all the day,
Nor would I dare to sin.
-From cares and business free;
3. I pay this ev’ning sacrifice;
And, when my work is done, Great God, my faith and hope relies Upon thy grace alone.
HYMN 408. P. M. 1. TNTERVAL of grateful shade,
Welcome to my weary head!
Needful periods of repose:
Thus, I give my pow'rs to rest.
Night and day his love the same!
Ev'ry anxious care forgot !
Crown'st my days with various good.
My defenceless hours shall keep. 5. What if death my sleep invade ?
Should I be of death afraid?
Death may strike, but cannot harm. 6. With thy heav'nly presence blest,
Death is life, and labour rest,
HYMN 409. L. M. 1. G by which supported, still we stand.
The op’ning year thy mercy shows:
Let mercy, crown it, 'till it close. 2. By day, at night, at home, abroad,
Still we are guarded by our God;