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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Modern Hymns
Sun of My Soul, Thou Saviour Dear
John Keble (1792–1866)
SUN of my soul, Thou Saviour dear,
  It is not night if Thou be near;
Oh may no earth-born cloud arise
  To hide Thee from Thy servant’s eyes!
When the soft dews of kindly sleep        5
  My weary eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought how sweet to rest
  Forever on my Saviour’s breast!
Abide with me from morn till eve,
  For without Thee I cannot live;        10
Abide with me when night is nigh,
  For without Thee I dare not die.
If some poor wandering child of Thine
  Have spurned to-day the voice divine,
Now, Lord, the gracious work begin;        15
  Let him no more lie down in sin.
Watch by the sick; enrich the poor
  With blessings from Thy boundless store;
Be every mourner’s sleep to-night,
  Like infant slumbers, pure and light.        20
Come near and bless us when we wake,
  Ere through the world our way we take,
Till in the ocean of Thy love
  We lose ourselves in heaven above.


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