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Morning Prayer.
« VOUCHSAFE, O LORD, TO KEEP US THIS DAY

WITHOUT SIN."

1 I myself will awake early.-Ps. cviii. 2.

[L.M. 1 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.
2 Thy precious time mis-spent redeem;

Each present day thy last esteem;
Improve thy talent with due care;

For the great day thyself prepare.
3 By influence of the light Divine

Let thy own light to others shine;
Reflect all Heaven's propitious rays

In ardent love and cheerful praise.
4 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.
5 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.
6 All praise to thee who safe hast kept

And hast refresh'd me while I slept;
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake,

I may of endless light partake. 7 Lord, I my vows to thee renew,

Disperse my sins as morning dew;
Guard my first springs of thought and will, ,
And with thyself my spirit fill.

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Direct, control, suggest this day
All I design, or do, or say:
That all my powers with all their might
In thy sole glory may unite.a

2 I am the light of the world.—John viii. 12. [L.M. 1 O JESU, Lord of heavenly grace,

Thou brightness of thy Father's facé,
Thou fountain of eternal light,

Whose beams disperse the shades of night: 2 Come, holy Sun of heavenly love,

Shower down thy radiance from above :
And to our inward hearts convey

The Holy Spirit's cloudless ray.
3 May faith deep-rooted in the soul,

Subdue our flesh, our minds control;
May guile depart, and discord cease,

And all within be joy and peace.
4. O hallow'd be the approaching day;

Let meekness be our morning ray;
And faithful love our noon-day light;

And hope our sunset, calm and bright. 5 O Christ, with each returning morn,

Thine image to our hearts is borne;
O

may we ever clearly see
Our Saviour and our God in thee,a

3 His compassions fail not : they are new every [L.M.

morning.–Lam. iii. 22.
1 New every morning is the love

Our wakening and uprising prove;
Through sleep and darkness safely brought,

Restored to life and power and thought. 2 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.

3 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.
4 Old friends, old scenes will lovelier be,

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

Shall dawn on every cross and care. 5 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. 6 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." 4

When I awake, I am still with thee. [L.M.

Ps. cxxxix. 18.
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 spread’st the curtains of the night,

Great Guardian of my sleeping hours :
Thy sovereign word restores the light,

And quickens all my slumbering powers. 3 I yield my powers to thy command,

To thee I consecrate my days:
Perpetual blessings from thine hand

Demand perpetual songs of praise.b 5 The preparations of the heart in man are from [C.M.

the Lord.-Proy. xvi. 1.
1 LORD, teach us how to pray aright,

With reverence and with fear;
Though dust and ashes in thy sight,

We may, we must draw near.

2 We perish, if we cease from prayer :

Ogrant us power to pray;
And when to meet thee we prepare,

Lord, meet us by the way. 6 Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of [Six 7s.

righteousness arise.-Mal. iy. 2.
1 CHRIST, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ the true, the only light,
Sun of righteousness, arise,

Triumph o'er the shades of night:
Day-spring from on high, be near;

Day-star, in my heart appear. .
2 Dark and cheerless is the morn,

Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day's return,

Till thy mercy's beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,

Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
3 Visit then this soul of mine,

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine;

Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,

Shining to the perfect day.k 7 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord. [7s. 3.

Ps. v. 3.
1 Jesu, Sun of Righteousness,

Brightest beam of love divine,
With the early morning rays,

Do thou on our darkness shine,
And dispel with purest light

All our night.
2 As on drooping herb and flower

Falls the soft refreshing dew,
Let thy Spirit's grace and power

All our weary souls renew;
Showers of blessing over all

Softly fall.

3 Like the sun's reviving ray,

May thy love with tender glow
All our coldness melt away,

Warm and cheer us forth to go,
Gladly serve thee and obey

All the day.
4 Oh, our only Hope and Guide,

Never leave us nor forsake;
Keep us ever at thy side

Till the eternal morning break
Moving on to Zion's hill,

Homeward still.
5 Lead us all our days and years

In thy strait and narrow way;
Lead us through the vale of tears

To the land of perfect day,
Where thy people, fully blest,

Safely rest. Amen.

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8 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar. (L.M.

Lev. vi. 13.
1 0 Thou, who camest from above

The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of

my

heart. 2 There let it for thy glory burn

Unquench’d, undimm’d in darkest days,
And trembling to its source return

In humble prayer and fervent praise. 3 Jesu, confirm my heart's desire

To work, and speak, and think for thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire,

And still stir up thy gift in me: 4 Ready for all thy perfect will,

My acts of faith and love repeat ;
Till death thy endless mercy seal,

And make the sacrifice complete.

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