Prayer for Spring

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Speak, and by thy gracious voice
Make my drooping soul rejoice;
O, beloved Saviour, haste,
Tell me all the storms are past!
On thy garden deign to smile;
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon thy presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.

John Newton, Prayer for Spring.

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Hallelujah!

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Now, now that the sun hath veil’d his light
And bid the world goodnight;
To the soft bed my body I dispose,
But where shall my soul repose?
Dear, dear God, even in Thy arms,
And can there be any so sweet security!
Then to thy rest, O my soul!
And singing, praise the mercy
That prolongs thy days.

Hallelujah!

henry purcell, an evening hymn

 

Thou hidden Life of faithful souls

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Thou hidden Life of faithful souls- Thou Light

Of that mysterious inner world of thought,

Oh give us grace to follow Thee aright,

From cross and toil and sorrow shrinking not;

Content to be but little known,

Content to wander on alone;

Here- hidden inwardly in Thee;

There- Light in thine own Light to be.

from THY HIDDEN ONES by C. F. Richter, 1711. Translated Emma Frances Bevan, 1899.

abide with me

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Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

from Abide with Me;  Henry F. Lyte, 1847