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HYMNS FOR MORNING, NOON-DAY,

AND EVENING.

MORNING.

" GOD, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts." 129. THE star of morn to night succeeds,

We, then, as humble suppliants pray,
May God in all our words and deeds

Keep us from harm throughout the day.
May He in love restrain us still

From tones of strife and words of ill;
And wrap around and close our eyes

To earth's absorbing panities.
Be the heart's shrine all pure within,

Nor sinful folly e'er come near ;
Let cup subdued and scanty food

The rebel soul and flesh outwear.
So when the day has passed away,

And eve the stilly night shall bring,
From this world wean'd, from mischief screen'd,

may

God's endless glory sing.
To God the FATHER and the Son,

His Well-beloved, glory be;
And glory to the Holy Ghost,

Now, and throughout eternity.

We

“ Early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up." 130. AWAKE, my soul, and with the sun,

Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise,
To pay thy morning sacrifice.
Thy precious time, mis-spent, redeem,
Each present day thy last esteem;

Improve thy talent with due care,
For the great day thyself prepare.
In conversation be sincere,
Keep conscience as the noon-tide clear ;
Think how all-seeing God thy ways
And all thy secret thoughts surveys.
By influence of the light divine,
Let thine own light to others shine;
Reflect all Heaven's propitious rays
In ardent love and cheerful praise.
Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
High praise to the Eternal King.
I wake, I wake, ye Heavenly choir,
May your devotion me inspire,
That I like you, my age may spend,
Like you may on my God attend.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow :
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly host;
Praise FATHER, Son, and HOLY GHOST.

“ He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love." 131. O SPIRIT, Fount of holy love,

Of grace the Source Divine !
Pour down Thy radiance from above,

And in our spirits shine.
Thou in the bond of love dost bind,

The FATHER and the SON;
Let mutual love inspire our mind,

That we may all be one.
To FATHER, Son, and Holy GHOST,

The God Whom we adore,
Be glory as it was, and is,

And shall be evermore.

F

NOON.

“ He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” 132. Now the sun on high is gleaming,

Now his brightest rays are streaming;
O CHRIST, true Sun, new risen, bright!
The world illume with floods of light.
Cause that the light of truth may

shine
Pure in our bosom's inmost shrine ;
Grant that our love may ever grow,
And still with mid-day splendour glow.
Now to the FATHER and the Son,
Be glory while the ages run ;
The same, O HOLY GHOST, to Thee,
Through ages of eternity.

“The LORD prepared His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom ruleth over all.” 133. LORD of eternal truth and might,

Ruler of Nature's changing scheme !
Who dost bring forth the morning light,

And temper noon's effulgent beam;
Quench Thou in us the flames of strife,

And bid the heat of passion cease ;
From perils guard our feeble life,

Our souls preserve in perfect peace.
FATHER of mercies, hear our cry;

Hear us, O Sole-begotten Son!
Who, with the Holy Ghost most high,

Reignest while endless ages run.

EVENING.

“Look unto Me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." 134. Now the day's declining wheel

Doth to night's dim cavern roll;
Thus hours, days, and seasons steal,-

Life is hurrying to the goal.

CHRIST, Who, nailed to Thy Cross,

Callest us to Thee to fly,
Make us count this world but dross,

Be it ours in Thee to die.
To God the FATHER glory be,

With His Sole Co-equal Son,
In the SPIRIT's unity,

Ever blessed Three in One.

“ Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusteth in Thee." 135. GOD, of all the Strength and Stay,

Who, unmov'd, dost motion sway,
Dost the day-light hours divide,
And in due succession guide ;
Give at eve Thy sunshine bright,
Shed o'er death Thine holy light;
So our day may ne'er go down,
So our life may glory crown.
Gracious FATHER, grant this boon.
Grant it, Sole Co-equal Son,
With the SPIRIT, thron'd on high,
God through all eternity.

“When thou liest down thou shalt not be afraid."

136. ALL 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.
Forgive me, LORD, for Thy dear Son,
The ill that I this day have done;
That with the world, myself, and Thee
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
Teach me to live that I

may

dregat
The grave as little as my bed ;
To die, that this vile body may
Rise glorious at the awful day.

O may my soul on Thee repose,
And may sweet sleep mine eyelids close;
Sleep that may me more vig'rous make
To serve my God when I awake.
When in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with Heavenly thoughts supply;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
No power of darkness me molest.
0 may my Guardian, while I sleep,
Close to my bed his vigils keep,
His love angelical instil,
Stop all the avenues of ill.
May he celestial joys rehearse,
And thought to thought with me converse ;
Or in my stead, all the night long,
Sing to my God a grateful song.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly host;
Praise FATHER, Son, and HOLY GHOST.

“ I will lay me down in peace and take my rest ; for it is Thou, LORD, only that makest me to dwell in safety.” 137. Sun of my soul! Thou SAVIOUR dear,

It is not night if Thou be near:
Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise
To hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes.
Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I cannot live:
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without Thee I dare not die.
If some poor wandering child of Thine
Have spurn'd to-day the Voice Divine,
Now, LORD, the gracious work begin ;
Let him no more lie down in sin.

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