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Eyes that the beam celestial view,

Which evermore makes all things new. 2 New every morning is the love

Our wakening and uprising prove;
Through sleep and darkness safely

brought,
Restored to life, and power, and

thought
3 New mercies, each returning day,

Hover around us while we pray;
New perils past, new sins forgiven,
New thoughts of God, new hopes of

heaven.
4 If on our daily course our mind

Be set to hallow all we find,
New treasures still, of countless price,

God will provide for sacrifice. 5 Old friends, old scenes, will lovelier be,

As more of heaven in each we see;
Some softening gleam of love and praye

Will dawn on every cross and care.
6 The trivial round, the common task,

Will furnish all we ought to ask,
Room to deny ourselves-a road

To bring us, daily, nearer God. 7 Seek we no more;-content with these,

Let present rapture, comfort, ease,
As heaven shall bid them, come or go,

The secret this of rest below. 8 Only, O Lord, in Thy dear love

Fit us for perfect rest above;
And help us, this and every day,
To live more nearly as we pray.

L.M. 910 The outgoings of morning and

evening.-Ps. 65, 8. 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 spreadst 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.

L.M. 911 The Lord will command His loring

kindness in the daytime.-Ps. 4, 8. 1 WITH Thee, Lord, will I walk by day,

, Nor hope from sorrow to be free (pray ;

Save as I know repose in Thee. 2 To Thee on each returning night

My soul shall wing her peaceful flight; And this my morning joy shall be,

That, waking, I am still with Thee. 3 With Thee, the source of life and light

And joys unnumbered, intinite, Through the bright worlds on worlds

that roll, Sustained by Thee, Creation's Soul. 4 When days and nights have passed away,

And breaks the one eternal day,
O! give me, Lord, to wake and be
Still and for evermore with Thee.

L.M. 912 Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell

in safety.-Ps. 4, 8. THUS far the Lord has led me on, Thus far His power prolongs my

days; And every evening 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;
But He forgives my follies past,

He gives me strength for days to come. 3 I lay my body down to sleep,

Peace is the pillow for my head;
While well-appointed angels keep

Their watchful stations round my bed. 4 Faith in His name forbids my fear;

O may Thy presence ne'er depart!
And in the morning make me hear
The love and kindness of 'Thy heart

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5 Thus when the night of death shall

come, My flesh shall rest beneath the ground, And wait Thy voice to rouse my tomb, With sweet salvation in the sound.

L.M. 913 Under His wings shalt thou træst.

-Ps. 91, 4. 1

, For all the blessings of the light; Keep me, o keep me, King of kings,

Under Thine own Almighty wings! 2 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.
3 Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed;
Teach me to die, that so I may
Rise glorious at the judgment day.
4 V let my soul on Thee repose,

And may sweet sleep mine eyelids close;
Sleep, that shall me more vigorous make
To serve my God when I awake.
5 If in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heavenly thoughts supply;
Celestial joys to me rehearse, [verse ;
And, thought to thought, with me con-
6 when shall I in endless day,

For ever chase dark sleep away;
And hymns, with the supernal choir,

Incessant sing, and never tire ? 7 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.

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C.M. 914 The Lord shall preserve thee from

121, 7. EACH.coming night, 09 Lord, we see

stage
A few short journeys more, and we
Shall rest from pilgrimage.

2 As every day renews its needs,

Thy goodness fills our cup;,
From stage to stage Thy wisdom leads.

And holds our goings up,
3 Thy hand supplies our daily bread;

Our water, Lord, is sure;
By night Thou compassest our bed,

And bidst us sleep secure.
4 A Father's blessing give this night,

And so shall we be blest;
No evil will our hearts affright,

No danger break our rest. 5. Within the everlasting arms,

Safe folded may we be;
Our slumber shielded from alarms,

Our souls at rest in Thee,
6 And as our sleep is like a death,

So us Thy children keep,
That when we breathe our parting

breath,
Our death may be a sleep.
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L.M.
I have all and abound.-Phil. 4, 18.
1
HOW
Cow do Thy mercies close me round:

For ever be Thy name adored!
I blush in all things to abound,
The servant is above his Lord!
2 Inured to poverty and pain,

A suffering life my Master led ;
The Son oť God, the Son of man,-

He had not where to lay his head.
3 But lo! a place He hath prepared,

For me, whom watchful angels keep:
Yea, Hé Himself becomes my guard,
He sinoothes my bed and gives me

sleep.
4 Jesus protects;-my fears, begone!

What can the Rock of Ages move?
Safe in Thine arms I lay me down,

Thine everlasting arms of love.
• I rest beneath the Almighty's shade;

My griefs expire, my troubles cease;
Thou, Lord, on whom my soul is stayed,
Wilt keep me still in perfect peace.

6 Me for Thine own Thou lov'st to take,

In time and in eternity;
Thou never, never wilt forsake,
A helpless soul that trusts in Thee.

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78. 916 The Lord make His face to shine

upon thee.-Num. 6, 25.
1 OD the Father, be Thou near,

Save from every harm to-night;
Make us all Thy children dear,

In the darkness be our Light.
2 God the Saviour, be our Peace,

Put away our sins to-night;
Speak the word of full release,

Turn our darkness into light. 3 Holy Spirit, deign to come,

Sanctify us all to-night;
In our hearts prepare Thy home,

Then our darkness shall be light. 4 Holy Trinity, be nigh!

Mystery of love adored,
Help to live and help to die.--.
Lighten all our darkness, Lord !

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917 The Lord bless thee and keep thee.

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1

ATHER of love and power,

Shield with Thy might.
For all Thy care this day
Our grateřul thanks to pay,
And to our Father pray,

Bless us to-night.
2 Jesus, Immanuel,
Come in Thy love to dwell

In hearts contrite;
For many sins we grieve,
But we Thy grace receive,
And in Thy word believe,

Bless us to-night.
s Spirit of truth and love,
Life-giving holy Dove,
Shed forth Thy light!

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