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1 HOW fine has the Day been, how bright was the Sun,
2 How lovely and joyful the Course that he run,
3 Tho' he rose in a Mist when his Race he begun,
4 And there follow'd some Droppings of Rain!
5 But now the fair Traveller's come to the West,
6 His Rays are all Gold, and his Beauties are best;
7 He paints the Sky gay as he sinks to his Rest,
8 And foretels a bright Rising again.
9 Just such is the Christian: His Course he begins,
10 Like the Sun in a Mist, while he mourns for his Sins,
11 And melts into Tears: Then he breaks out and shines,
12 And travels his heav'nly Way:
13 But when he comes nearer to finish his Race,
14 Like a fine setting Sun he looks richer in Grace,
15 And gives a sure Hope at the End of his Days
16 Of rising in brighter Array.


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Title (in Source Edition): A SUMMER EVENING.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: song

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777, p. 54. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A5 f.3516].)

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