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Hymn 40

John Newton


Saturday evening.

Safely through another week,

GOD has brought us on our way,

Let us now a blessing seek

On th’ approaching sabbath–day:

Day, of all the week, the best;

Emblem of eternal rest!

Mercies, multiplied each hour,

Through the week our praise demand;

Guarded by almighty pow’r,

Fed and guided by his hand:

Though ungrateful we have been,

Only made returns of sin.

While we pray for pard’ning grace,

Through the dear Redeemer’s name;

Show thy reconciled face,

Shine away our sin and shame:

From our worldly cares set free,

May we rest, this night, with thee.

When the morn shall bid us rise,

May we feel thy presence near;

230 May thy glory meet our eyes,

When we in thy house appear!

There afford us, LORD, a taste

Of our everlasting feast.

May thy gospel’s joyful sound

Conquer sinners, comfort saints;

Make the fruits of grace abound,

Bring relief for all complaints:

Thus may all our Sabbaths prove

Till we join the church above!

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