In sleep’s serene oblivion laid, New every morning is the love
I safely passed the silent night: Our wakening and uprising prove;
Again I see the breaking shade, Thro’ sleep and darkness safely brought,
I drink again the morning light. Restored to life and power and thought.
New-born, I bless the waking hour; New mercies, each returning day,
Once more, with awe, rejoice to be; Hover around us while we pray; My conscious soul resumes her power, New perils past, new sins forgiven,
And springs, my guardian God, to thee. New thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.
Oh, guide me through the various maze Old friends, old scenes, will lovelier be, My doubtful feet are doomed to tread; As more of heaven in each we see:
And spread thy shield’s protecting blaze Some softening gleam of love and prayer Where dangers press around my head! Shall dawn on every cross and care.
A deeper shade shall soon impend, The trivial round, the common task,
A deeper sleep my eyes oppress; Will furnish all we ought to ask, – Yet then thy strength shall still defend, Room to deny ourselves, a road Thy goodness still delight to bless. To bring us daily nearer God.
That deeper shade shall break away, Only, O Lord, in thy dear love That deeper sleep shall leave my eyes: Fit us for perfect rest above; Thy light shall give eternal day; And help us, this and every day,
Thy love, the rapture of the skies. To live more nearly as we pray.
– 1894 : un arrangeur anonyme lui fait supporter une hymne d’adoration écrite par Charles Wesley en 1741, Father, whose everlasting Love, et une autre sur le Psaume 63 paraphrasé par Isaac Watts en 1719, Great God, indulge my humble claim (Toronto, Methodist Book and Publishing House) :
God’s love in the gift of his Son. Psalm lxxiii.
Father, whose everlasting Love Great God, indulge my humble claim,
Thy only Son for sinners gave, Be thou my hope, my joy, my rest;
Whose grace to all did freely move, The glories that compose thy name And sent him down the world to save: Stand all engaged to make me blest.
Help us thy mercy to extol, Thou great and good, thou just and wise,
Immense, unfathomed, unconfined; Thou art my Father and my God; To praise the Lamb who died for all, And I am thine, be sacred ties,
The general Saviour of mankind. Thy son, thy servant, bought with blood.
Thy undistinguishing regard With fainting heart, and lifted hands,