251. Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear

1 Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear,
It is not night if thou be near:
O may no earth-born cloud arise
To hide thee from thy servant's eyes.

2 When the soft dews of kindly sleep
My weary eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest
For ever on my Saviour's breast.

3 Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without thee I dare not die.

4 If some poor wand'ring child of thine
Have spurned to-day the voice divine,
Now, Lord, the gracious work begin;
Let him no more lie down in sin.

5 Watch by the sick; enrich the poor
With blessings from thy boundless store;
Be every mourner's sleep to-night
Like infant's slumbers, pure and light.

6 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.

Text Information
First Line: Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear
Author: John Keble, 1792-1866
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Times and Seasons: Evening
Notes: Alternative tune BIRLING 143
Tune Information
Composer: Herbert Oakley, 1830-1903
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major

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