Thee In The Watches Of The Night My Spir


Thee, in the watches of the night,
My spirit would adore,

O God! in darkness, as in light,
Defend me evermore.

Yet not in Providence alone,
In grace, Thyself impart;
Erect Thy temple, fix Thy throne,
Rule Thou within my heart.

The morn and evening sacrifice,
The noon and midnight prayer,
I know that Thou wilt not despise,
When meekly offer’d there.

Though heaven and earth Thy presence fill.
Thou surely art, O Lord,
With Him who loves and does Thy will,
Who hears and keeps Thy word.

Henceforth be this the aim and end
Of all my life below,–
Till to the tomb my dust descend,
To Thee my spirit go.