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919 P. M. 87, 87. Evening: Confidence in God's protection, JAVIOUR, breathe an evening blessing, ,

repose our spirits seal ;
Sin and want we come confessing

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2 Though destruction walk around us,
Though the arrows past 115 fly,
Angel guards from thee surround us;

We are safe, if thou art nigh.
8 Though the night be dark and dreary,

Darkness cannot hide from thee;
Thou art He who, never weary,

Watchest where thy people be.
4 Should swift death this night o'ertake ng

And command us to the tomb,
May the mom in heaven awake us,

Clad in bright; eternal bloom.
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C. M.
Evening: Gratitude and trust.
REAT God, to thee my evening song

With gratitude 1 raise ;
Olet thy mercy tune my tongue,

And fill my heart with praise.
2 My days, unclouded as they pass,

And every Meeting bour,
Are monuments of wondrous grace,

Of mercy, love, and power.
3 Thy love and power, celestial guard,

Preserve me from all harm:
Can danger rench me while the Lord

Extends his mighty arm!
4- Let this blest hope mine eyelids close ;

With sleep refresh my frame;
Safe in thy care may I repose,

And wake to praise thy Name.

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C. M. Evening: Numberless mercies. TOW from the altar of our hearts,

Let warmest thanks arise; Assist iis, Lord, to offer up

Our evening sacrifice.
9 This day God was our sun and shield,

Our keeper and our guide;
His care was on our wenkuess shown

I lis mercies multiplied.
8 Minutes and mercies multiplied,

llave made up all this day; Minutes came quick, but mercies were

More swift and free that they.
4 New time, new favours, and new jogu,

Do a new song require :
Till we shall praise thee As we would,

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L. M. Evening: Memorials of His grace. THUS far the Lord hath led me on,

Thus far his power prolongs my days; And every evening shal make known

Some fresh memorial of his grace. 2 Much of my time has run to waste,

And I, perlaps, am near my hone: But he forgives my follies past,

And gives nie strength for days to como. 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 Thus, when the night of death shall como

My flesh shall rest beneath the ground, And wait thy voice to rouse my tomb,

With sweet salvation in the sound.

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C. M.
Evening: Relying upon divine grace.
LORD thou wilt hear me when I pray;
I fear before thee all the day,

Nor would I dare to sin.
2 And while I rest my weary head,

From cares and business free,
'Tis sweet conversing on my bed

With my own heart and theo.
3 I pay this evening sacrifice;

And, when my work is done,
Great God, my faith, my hope relies

Upon thy grace alone.
4 Thus, with my thoughts composed to peace,

I'll give mine eyes to sleep;
Thy hand in safety keeps my days,

And will my slumbers keep.
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S. M.
Evening: Commending the soul to God.
THOU seest my feebleness,

Jesus, be thou my power,-
My help and refuge in distress,

My fortress and my tower.
2 Give me to trust in thee;

Be thou my sure abode :
My horn, and rock, and buckler be,

My Saviour and my God.
8 Myself I cannot save,

Myself I cannot keep,-
But strength in thee I surely have,

Whose eyelids never sleep.
4 My soul to thee alone,

Now therefore I commend :
Thou, Jesus, love me as thine own,

And love me to the end.

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38th P. M. 86, 88, 88.

The evening sacrifice.
THOU, Lord of life, whose tender care

Hath led us on till now,
Here, lowly, at the hour of prayer,

Before thy throne we how:
We bless thy gracious hand, and pray
Forgiveness for another day,
2 With prayer, our humble praise we bring,

For mercies day by day:
Lord, teach our hearts thy love to sing;

Lord, teach us how to pray:
All that we have we owe to thee,
Thy debtors through eternity.
8 Thou, blessed God, hast been our guide,

Through lite our guard and friend;
Yet still throughout life's wearied tide,

Preserve is to the end :
And when this life's sad journey's pasty
Receive us to thyself at last.
4 In onr Redeemer's name, for all

These blessings we implore;
Prostrate, O Lord, before thee fall,

And gratefully adore :
Bend from thy throne of earth and skies,
And bless our evening sacrifice.
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C. M.
Evening: Cheerful confidence,
IN mercy, Lord, remember me,

Through all the hours of night,
A.nd grant to me most graciously

The safeguard of thy might. 2 With cheerful heart I close mine eyes,

Since thou wilt not remove : 0, in the morning let me rise Rejoicing in thy lova,

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3 Or, if this night should prove my last.

And end ny trausient days;
Lord, take me to thy promised rest,

Where I may sing thy praise.
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Evening: Perfect security.
INSPIRER and Hearer of prayer,

Thou Shepherd and Guardian divine,
My all to thy covenant care
i, sleeping or waking, resign.
While thou art my shield and my sun,

The night is no darkness to me;
Andl; fast as my minutes roll on,

They bring me but nearer to thee,
2 A sov'reign Protector I bave,

Unseen, yet forever at hand;
Unchangeably faithful to save,

Almighty to rule and command,
Thy minist'ring spirits descend
To wateh, while thy saints are asleep;
By day and by night they attend,

The heirs of salvation to keep.
3 Their worship no interval. knows;

Their fervour is still on the wing;
And while they protect my repose,

They chant to the praise of my King-
I, too, at the season ordaind,

Tbeir chorus forever shall join;
And love and adore, without end,

Their faithful Creator and mine.
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C. M. Evening: Angelic guardianship.

LL praise to Him who dwells in bliks, Whose throne is in the vasi abyss

intented, light

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