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Daily Prayer: Evening

17. The sun is sinking fast

6.4.6.6

St. Columba (Irons):

Herbert S. Irons, 1861

Latin;

Tr. Edward Caswall, 1858

The sun is sinking fast,

The daylight dies:

Let love awake, and pay

Her evening sacrifice.

As Christ upon the cross

His head inclined,

And to his Father's hands

His parting soul resigned;

So now herself my soul

Would wholly give

Into his sacred charge,

In whom all spirits live;

So now beneath his eye

Would calmly rest,

Without a wish or thought

Abiding in the breast;

Save that his will be done,

Whate'er betide;

Dead to herself, and dead

In him to all beside.

Thus would I live; yet now

Not I, but he,

In all his power and love,

Henceforth alive in me.

One sacred Trinity,

One Lord divine,

May I be ever his,

And he for ever mine.

Amen.

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