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Gott des Himmels und der Erden

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God who madest earth and heaven,

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

Who the day and night hast given,

Sun and moon and starry host,

All things wake at thy command,

Held in being by thy hand.

2. God, I thank thee! In thy keeping

Safely have I slumbered here;

Thou hast guarded me while sleeping

From all danger, pain, and fear:

And the cunning of my foe

Hath not wrought my overthrow.

3. Let the night of sin that shrouded

All my life, with this depart;

Shine on me with beams unclouded,

Jesus! In thy loving heart

Is my help and hope alone,

For the evil I have done.

4. Help me as the morn is breaking,

In the spirit to arise,

So from careless sloth awaking,

That when o’er the aged skies

Shall the morn of Doom appear,

I may see it free from fear.

5. Lead me, and forsake me never,

Guide my wand’rings by thy Word;

As thou hast been, be thou ever

My defence, my refuge, Lord.

Never safe except with thee,

Thou my faithful Guardian be.

6. O my God, I now commend me

Wholly to thy mighty hand;

All the powers that thou dost lend me

Let me use at thy command;

Thou my boast, my strength divine,

Keep me with thee, I am thine.

7. Thus afresh, with each new morning

Save me from the power of sin,

Hourly let me feel thy warning

Ruling, prompting me within,

Till my final rest be come,

And thine Angel bear me home.

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