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Softly now the light of day

“Let my prayer be—as the evening sacrifice.”

Poet: George Washington Doane, 1824
Meter: 7s (7,7,7,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
Softly now the light of day
Fades upon my sight away;
Free from care, from labour free,
LORD, I would commune with Thee!
THOU, whose all-pervading eye
Naught escapes, without, within,
Pardon each infirmity,
Open fault, and secret sin.

Evening 70b, Lines (1, 2, 3, & 4), Stanza 1
Soon, for me, the light of day
Shall for ever pass away;
Then, from sin and sorrow free,
Take me, Lord, to dwell with Thee!
Thou who, sinless, yet hast known
All of man's infirmity;
Then, from Thy eternal throne,
JESUS, look with pitying eye.

Evening 70b, Lines (1, 2, 3, & 4), Stanza 2

Doane, George Washington. Songs by the Way, Chiefly Devotional; with Translations and Imitations. New York: E. Bliss and E. White, 1824.