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Visitation

399. At even, when the sun was set

L.M.

Angelus:

Georg Joseph, 1657

Henry Twells, 1868

At even, when the sun was set,

The sick, O Lord, around thee lay;

O in what divers pains they met!

O with what joy they went away.

Once more 'tis eventide, and we

Oppressed with various ills draw near;

What if thy form we cannot see?

We know and feel that thou art here

O Savior Christ, our woes dispel;

For some are sick, and some are sad,

And some have never loved thee well,

And some have lost the love they had,

And some have found the world is vain,

Yet from the world they break not free,

And some have friends who give them pain,

Yet have not sought a friend in thee.

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And none, O Lord, have perfect rest,

For none are wholly free from sin;

And they who fain would love thee best

Are conscious most of wrong within.

O Savior Christ, thou too art Man;

Thou hast been troubled, tempted, tried,

Thy kind but searching glance can scan

The very wounds that shame would hide.

Thy touch has still its ancient power;

No word from thee can fruitless fall;

Hear, in this solemn evening hour,

And in thy mercy heal us all.

Amen.

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