Thou hast sorrowed the spirit
that loved thee,
And watched o'er thy footsteps for years:
Thou hast made me at last sigh o'er thee,
In secret, in silence, and tears.
For my Father in Heaven
I loved thee,
For His sake have I guarded thy ways.
Return, O return, I implore thee,
Him to love, to serve, and to praise.
O'er thy pathway through life
still I hover.
Thee to comfort, to solace, to cheer;
With the love of a fond, saving brother,
Through this desert
of trial and fear.
Oh! When shall I clasp thee, how fondly
And bear thee, all dangers no past,
To the arms of God
Who dies for thee
To our home in the heavens at last!
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May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last.
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