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- THE beam-repelling mists arise,
- And evening spreads obscurer skies;
- The twilight will the night forerun,
- And night itself be soon begun.
- Upon thy knees devoutly bow,
- And pray the Lord of glory now
- To fill thy breast, or deadly sin
- May cause a blinder night within.
- And whether pleasing vapours rise
- Which gently dim the closing eyes,
- Which make the weary members bless'd
- With sweet refreshment in their rest,
- Or whether spirits in the brain
- Dispel their soft embrace again,
- And on my watchful bed I stay,
- Forsook by sleep and waiting day,
- Be God for ever in my view
- And never He forsake me, too;
- But, still as day concludes in night
- To break again with new-born light,
- His wondrous bounty let me find
- With still a more enlighten'd mind
- When grace and love in one agree,
- Grace from God, and love from me,
- Grace that will from heaven inspire,
- Love that seals it with desire,
- Grace and love that mingle beams,
- And fill me with encreasing flames.
- Thou that hast Thy palace far
- Above the moon and every star,
- Thou that sittest on a throne
- To which the night was never known,
- Regard my voice and make me bless'd,
- By kindly granting its request.
- If thoughts on Thee my soul employ,
- My darkness will afford me joy,
- 'Till Thou shalt call, and I shall soar,
- And part with darkness evermore.
- Thomas Parnell
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