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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Morning Hymn
By Levi Frisbie (1784–1822)
 
WHILE 1 nature welcomes in the day,
My heart its earliest vows would pay
To Him whose care hath kindly kept
My life from danger while I slept.
 
His genial rays the sun renews;        5
How bright the scene with glittering dews!
The blushing flowers more beauteous bloom,
And breathe more rich their sweet perfume.
 
So may the Sun of righteousness
With kindliest beams my bosom bless,        10
Warm into life each heavenly seed,
To bud and bear some generous deed.
 
So may the dews of grace distil
And gently soften all my will,
So may my morning sacrifice        15
To heaven a grateful incense rise.
 
Wilt Thou this day my footsteps guide,
And kindly all I need provide,
With strength divine my bosom arm
Against temptation’s powerful charm.        20
 
Where’er I am, oh may I feel
That God is all around me still,
That all I say, or do, or mean;
By his all-searching eye is seen.
 
Oh may each day my heart improve,        25
Increase my faith, my hope, my love,
And thus its shades around me close
More wise and holy than I rose.
 
Note 1. Frisbie was born at Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1784. He was the son of a clergyman of that place. He was graduated at Cambridge in 1802, and began the study of law, but was obliged to desist by a disorder of his eyes. In 1805, he was appointed Latin Tutor in Harvard University. In 1811, he became Professor of Latin, and in 1817, Professor of Moral Philosophy. This last office he retained till his death, July 9th, 1822. He never recovered his sight, and in the latter part of his life, wrote by means of a machine. A collection of his miscellaneous works, with a biographical sketch by Professor Norton, was published in Boston the year after his death. It contains a few pieces in verse. [back]
 
 
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