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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
150. Evening Hymn
By William Henry Furness
SLOWLY by God’s hand unfurled,
Down around the weary world
Falls the darkness; oh, how still
Is the working of Thy will!
Mighty Maker! Here am I,—        5
Work in me as silently,
Veil the day’s distracting sights,
Show me heaven’s eternal lights.
From the darkened sky come forth
Countless stars, a wondrous birth!        10
So may gleams of glory dart
Through the dim abyss, my heart;
Living worlds to view be brought
In the boundless realms of thought,
High and infinite desires,        15
Burning like those upper fires.
Holy truth, eternal right,
Let them break upon my sight,
Let them shine unclouded, still,
And with light my being fill.        20
Thou art there. Oh, let me know,
Thou art here within me too;
Be the perfect peace of God
Here as there now shed abroad.
May my soul attunëd be        25
To that perfect harmony,
Which, beyond the power of sound,
Fills the universe around.


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