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359. Hushed was the evening hymn

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Samuel:

Arthur S. Sullivan, 1874

James D. Burns, 1857

Hushed was the evening hymn,

The temple courts were dark,

The lamp was burning dim

Before the sacred ark,

When suddenly a voice divine

Rang through the silence of the shrine.

The old man, meek and mild,

The priest of Israel, slept;

His watch the temple-child,

The little Levite, kept;

And what from Eli's sense was sealed,

The Lord to Hannah's son revealed.

O give me Samuel's ear,

The open ear, O Lord,

Alive and quick to hear

Each whisper of thy word!

Like him to answer at thy call,

And to obey thee first of all.

O give me Samuel's heart,

A lowly heart, that waits

Where in thy house thou art,

Or watches at thy gates!

By day and night, a heart that still

Moves at the breathing of thy will.

O give me Samuel's mind,

A sweet, unmurmuring faith,

Obedient and resigned

To thee in life and death!

That I may read with childlike eyes

Truths that are hidden from the wise.

Amen.

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