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"Songs by the Way"
The Poetical Writings of the Right Rev. George Washington Doane, D.D., LL.D.

Arranged and Edited by His Son, William Croswell Doane

New York: D. Appleton, 1860.


Psalm cxli. 2.

* SOFTLY now the light of day
Fades upon my sight away;
Free from care, from labour free,
Lord, I would commune with Thee:

Thou, whose all-pervading eye,
     Naught escapes, without, within,
Pardon each infirmity,
     Open fault, and secret sin.

Soon for me, the light of day
Shall for ever, pass away;
Then, from sin and sorrow, free,
Take me, Lord, to dwell with Thee:

Thou, who, sinless, yet hast known
     All of man's infirmity;
Then from Thine eternal throne,
     Jesus look with pitying eye.

* Since inserted among the hymns in the Prayer Book.

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