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Employ my noblest powers,
And fills the circling hours.
I pass'd the shades of night; Serene and safe from every 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,
And undisturb'd repose. 4 When sleep, death'ssemblance, o'er me spread,
And I unconscious lay;
To guard my feeble clay.
My waking hours attend; From every danger, every snare,
My heedless steps defend. 6 Smile on my minutes as they roll,
And guide my future days; And let thy goodness fill my soul
With gratitude and praise.
L M.-Morning. 1 IN sleep's serene oblivion laid,
I safely pass 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 power,
And springs, my guardian God, to Thee!
3 O guide me through the various maze
My doubtful feet are doom'd to tread; And spread thy shield's protecting blaze
When 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;
rapture of the skies.
By stealth unseals mine eye,
And opens earth and sky. 2 'Tis thine, my God,- the same that kept
My resting hours from harm;
Beneath the Almighty's arm.
Like manna scatter'd round,
In beauty from the ground.
And gave my pulse to beat;
Through tempest, cold, and heat.
'Twould there my steps attend, Guide with the staff my lonely way,
And with the rod defend.
6 May that dear hand uphold me still,
Through life's uncertain race,
Preserv'd me through the night;
Till morn's returning light. 2 No pains upon my bed
Prevented my repose;
Refresh'd with sleep I rose. 3 From thee my mercies flow;
In pearly drops they fall;
C.M.- Morning. 1 NIGHT'S gloomy scenes are now withdrawn
The blushing morn appears,
A pleasing aspect wears.
His glories now displays;
Reflect the gladdening rays.
And birds in tuneful strains, Welcome the bright returning day,
Which gilds the flowery plains.
Revisits those he loves,
Thcir anxious fears removes.
5 Mists, which the prospect once conceal’d,
No longer intervene:
Without a cloud between.
Drives darkness far away,
And brings eternal day.
Thy labours how bestow'd?
In following after God.
Let incense flames arise;
Our evening sacrifice.
Awake our leart and tongue:
Break forth into a song.
Have made up all this day:
More fleet and free than they.
Do a new song require:
Accept our hearts' desire.
5 Lord of our time, whose hand hath set
New time upon our score;
When time shall be no more.
Welcome to my weary head!
Tir'd with glaring vanities!
Needful periods of repose,
Thus I give my powers to rest.
Night and day his love the same!
Every anxious care forgot.
Crown'st my days with various good:
These defenceless hours shall keep. 5 What if death my sleep invade?
Should I be of death afraid?
may strike, but cannot harm. 6 With thy heavenly presence blest,
Death is life, and labour rest:
L.M.- Evening. Job viii. 9. ANOTHER fleeting day is gone,
Slow o'er the west the shadows rise, Swift the soft-stealing hours have flown,
And night's dark mantle veils the skies.