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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
The Golden Chain of Praise (1869).
IV. The Glory of the Latter Days
By Thomas Hornblower Gill (1819–1906)
OUR God! our God! Thou shinest here
  Thine own this latter day:
To us Thy radiant steps appear:
  We watch Thy glorious way.
Thou tookest once our flesh; Thy face        5
  Once on our darkness shone;
Yet through each age New Births of Grace
  Still make Thy glory known.
Not only olden ages felt
  The presence of the Lord;        10
Not only with the fathers dwelt
  Thy Spirit and Thy Word.
Doth not the Spirit still descend
  And bring the heavenly fire?
Doth not He still Thy Church extend        15
  And waiting souls inspire?
Come, Holy Ghost! in us arise;
  Be this Thy mighty hour!
And make Thy willing people wise
  To know Thy day of power!        20
Pour down Thy fire in us to glow,
  Thy might in us to dwell;
Again Thy works of wonder show,
  Thy blessèd secrets tell!
Bear us aloft, more glad, more strong        25
  On Thy celestial wing,
And grant us grace to look and long
  For our returning King.
He draweth near, He standeth by,
  He fills our eyes, our ears;        30
Come, King of Grace, Thy people cry,
  And bring the glorious years!

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