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1 WHILE Midnight Shades the Earth o'erspread,
2 And veil the Bosom of the Deep,
3 Nature reclines her weary Head,
4 And Care respires and Sorrows sleep:
5 My Soul still aims at Nobler Rest,
6 Aspiring to her Saviour's Breast.
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7 Aid me, ye hov'ring Spirits near,
8 Angels and Ministers of Grace;
9 Who ever, while you guard us here,
10 Behold your Heav'nly Father's Face!
11 Gently my raptur'd Soul convey
12 To Regions of Eternal Day.
13 Fain would I leave this Earth below.
14 Of Pain and Sin the dark Abode;
15 Where shadowy Joy, or solid Woe
16 Allures, or tears me from my GOD:
17 Doubtful and Insecure of Bliss,
18 Since Death alone confirms me His.
19 Till then, to Sorrow born I sigh,
20 And gasp, and languish after Home;
21 Upward I send my streaming Eye,
22 Expecting till the Bridegroom come:
23 Come quickly, Lord! Thy own receive,
24 Now let me see thy Face, and live.
25 Absent from Thee, my exil'd Soul
26 Deep in a Fleshly Dungeon groans;
27 Around me Clouds of Darkness roll,
28 And lab'ring Silence speaks my Moans:
29 Come quickly, Lord! Thy Face display,
30 And look my Midnight into Day.
31 Error and Sin, and Death are o'er
32 If Thou reverse the Creature's Doom;
33 Sad, Rachel weeps her Loss no more,
34 If Thou the GOD, the Saviour come:
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35 Of Thee possest, in Thee we prove
36 The Light, the Life, the Heav'n of Love.


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Title (in Source Edition): A HYMN for MIDNIGHT.
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Wesley, John, 1703-1791. Wesley, Charles, 1707-1788. Hymns and sacred poems: Published by John Wesley, ... and Charles Wesley, ... London: printed by William Strahan; and sold by James Hutton; and at Mr. Bray's, 1739, pp. 55-57. x,[6],223,[1]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T31323; OTA K034809.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A4 f. 254].)

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