9481. Great God, To Thee My Evening Song

1 Great God, to Thee my evening song
With humble gratitude I raise;
O let Thy mercy tune my tongue
And fill my heart with lively praise.

2 Mercy, that rich unbounded store;
Does my unnumbered wants relieve;
Among Thy daily craving poor,
On Thy all bounteous hand I live.

3 My days unclouded, as they pass,
And every gently rolling hour,
Are monuments of wondrous grace,
And witness to Thy love and power.

4 Thy love and power, celestial Guard,
Preserve me from surrounding harms;
Can danger reach me, while the Lord
Extends His kind protecting arms?

5 My numerous wants are known to Thee,
Ere my slow wishes can arise;
Thy goodness, measureless and free,
Is ready still with full supplies.

6 And yet this thoughtless, wretched heart,
Too oft regardless of Thy love,
Ungrateful, can from Thee depart,
And fond of trifles, vainly rove.

7 When calm reflection finds a place,
How vile this wretched heart appears!
O let Thy all subduing grace
Melt it in penitential tears.

8 Seal my forgiveness in the blood
Of Jesus: His dear name alone
I plead for pardon, gracious God,
And kind acceptance at Thy throne.

9 Let this blest hope my eyelids close
With sleep refresh my feeble frame;
Safe in Thy care may I repose,
And wake with praises to Thy name.

Text Information
First Line: Great God, to Thee my evening song
Title: Great God, To Thee My Evening Song
Author: Anne Steele
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, 1760
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: GRACE CHURCh by Ignaz J. Pleyel; WHITELAND, by Lowell Mason
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Grenoble Antiphoner, 1753
Copyright: Public Domain

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