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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
IV. Sabbath: Worship: Creed
Vesper Hymn
Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)
NOW, on sea and land descending,
  Brings the night its peace profound:
Let our vesper hymn be blending
  With the holy calm around.
Soon as dies the sunset glory,        5
  Stars of heaven shine out above,
Telling still the ancient story—
  Their Creator’s changeless love.
Now, our wants and burdens leaving
  To his care who cares for all,        10
Cease we fearing, cease we grieving;
  At his touch our burdens fall.
As the darkness deepens o’er us,
  Lo! eternal stars arise;
Hope and Faith and Love rise glorious,        15
  Shining in the Spirit’s skies.
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