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2 The task thy wisdom hath assign'd O let me cheerfully fulfil;
In all my works thy presence find,
And every moment watch and pray;
5 For thee delightfully employ
Whate'er thy bounteous grace hath given; And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with thee to heaven."
"LIGHTEN OUR DARKNESS, WE BESEECH THEE,
Abide with us; for the day is far spent.
Luke xxiv. 29.
1 ABIDE with me: fast falls the eventide ;
2 Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me. 5 I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless :
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness: Where is death's sting? where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.
6 Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.P
14 I will arise and go to my Father.-Luke xv. 18. [103.
3 Alas! unworthy of thy boundless love,
4 O by that name in whom all fulness dwells,
15 Under his wings shalt thou trust.-Ps. xci. 4.
2 Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
3 Teach me to live, that I may dread
4 O may my soul on thee repose,
5 When in the night I sleepless lie,
6 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
I will lay me down in peace.-Ps. iv. 8.
2 When the soft dews of kindly sleep
3 Abide with me from morn till eve,
4 If some poor wandering child of thine
5 Watch by the sick, enrich the poor
We lose ourselves in heaven above.a
17 They forsook all, and followed him.-Luke v. 11. [5s. 8s. JESU, still lead on,
Till our rest be won;
And, although the way be cheerless,
Guide us by thy hand
To our Fatherland.
If the way be drear,
If the foe be near,
Let not faithless fears o'ertake us,
For through many a foe
To our home we go.
When we seek relief
From a long-felt grief,
When oppress'd by new temptations,
Show us that bright shore
Where we weep no more.
Jesu, still lead on,
Till our rest be won:
Heavenly Leader, still direct us,
In our Fatherland. Amen.
In the daytime also he led them with a cloud,
1 LEAD, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom Lead thou me on.
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
I loved the garish day, and spite of fears Pride ruled my will; remember not past years. 3 So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still Will lead me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till The night is gone.
And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile. 4 Meantime along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith, Home to my God,
To rest for ever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life. Amen.
19 At even they brought unto him all that were [L.M. diseased.-Mark i. 32.
1 Ar even, ere the sun was set,
The sick, O Lord, around thee lay;
2 Once more 'tis eventide, and we,
Oppress'd with various ills, draw near : What if thy form we cannot see?
We know and feel that thou art here.