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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
I. Death (“Slowly, slowly, darkening”)
By Samuel Greg (1804–1877)
SLOWLY, slowly darkening
  The evening hours roll on;
And soon behind the cloud-land
  Will sink my setting sun.
Around my path life’s mysteries        5
  Their deepening shadows throw
And as I gaze and ponder,
  They dark and darker grow.
But there’s a voice above me
  Which says, “Wait, trust, and pray;        10
The night will soon be over,
  And light will come with day.”
Father! the light and darkness
  Are both alike to Thee;
Then to Thy waiting servant,        15
  Alike they both shall be.
The great unending future,
  I cannot pierce its shroud;
Yet nothing doubt, nor tremble,
  God’s bow is on the cloud.        20
To Him I yield my spirit;
  On Him I lay my load:
Fear ends with death; beyond it
  I nothing see but GOD.
Thus moving towards the darkness        25
  I calmly wait His call,
Now seeing,—fearing nothing;
  But hoping, trusting—all!

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