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DAY full of grace, which we behold,
Now gently to view ascending;
Good cheer to all mortals lending,
May prove that the night is ending.
2 How blest was that gracious midnight hour,
When God in our flesh was given; There flushed the dawn with light and power,
That spread o'er the darkened heaven; Then rose o'er the world that Sun divine
Which gloom from our hearts had driven.
3 Yea, were ev'ry tree endowed with speech,
And every leaflet singing, They never with praise His worth could
reach, Though earth with their praise were ring
ing Who fully could praise the Light of life,
Who light to our souls is bringing ?
4 As birds in the morning sing God's praise,
His fatherly love we cherish, For giving to us this day of grace,
For life that shall never perish:
5 Pass on to thy close, O Whit-Sunday,
With sunlight about thee beaming, And scatter thy blessings on thy way,
As brooks through the meadows streaming E’er leave in their wake the woods and fields
In beauty and fruitfulness dreaming.
6 With joy we depart for our Fatherland,
Where God our Father is dwelling, Where ready for us His mansions stand,
Where heaven with praise is swelling; And there we shall walk in endless light, With blest ones His praise forth telling.
N. F. S. Grundtvig. Smeby, Rygh, Doving, Trs.
Joy of heav'n, to earth come down!
All Thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation,
Enter ev'ry trembling heart. 2 Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast ! Let us all in Thee inherit,
Let us find that promised rest,
Alpha and Omega be;
Set our hearts at liberty.
3 Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive; Come to us, dear Lord, and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above;
Glory in Thy perfect love.
4 Finish then Thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be: Let us see our whole salvation
Perfectly secured in Thee; Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place; Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love and praise.
HOLY Ghost. Thou Gift divine,
And Giver of all blessing,
True God-head art possessing,
In Thee all Christians glory.
20 Spirit blest, we Thee entreat;
O grant us that we ever,
May serve our Lord and Savior, And Him confess till our last breath, As Lord of life and Lord of death,
And give Him praise and honor.
3 Our hearts let new-created be,
Our walk make pure and holy;
And ever serve God solely,
Before the world about us.
4 Thy gracious heavenly dew let fall,
Thy fainting church to quicken;
Whose souls are sad and stricken;
Abound in love and wercy.
5 Give strength and courage to contend
Against the hosts of evil,
The world, the flesh, the Devil;
B. Ringwaldt. 0. H. Smeby, Tr.
Thou forever art divine;
Always fill this heart of mine:
2 Grant my mind and my affections
Wisdom, counsel, purity, That I may be ever seeking
Naught but that which pleases Thee; Let Thy knowledge spread and grow, Working error's overthrow.
3 Holy Spirit, strong and mighty,
Thou who makest all things new,
Help me by Thy word so true;
4 Ir the faith, O make me steadfast;
Let not Satan, death, or shame
Lord, my refuge is Thy name: