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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
II. Prayer and Aspiration
“Darkness is thinning”
Saint Gregory (c. 540–604)
From the Latin by John Mason Neale

DARKNESS is thinning; shadows are retreating;
Morning and light are coming in their beauty;
Suppliant seek we, with an earnest outcry,
                  God the Almighty!
So that our Master, having mercy on us,        5
May repel languor, may bestow salvation,
Granting us, Father, of thy loving-kindness
                  Glory hereafter!
This, of his mercy, ever blessèd Godhead,
Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit, give us,—        10
Whom through the wide world celebrate forever
                  Blessing and glory!

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