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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Phoebe (Hinsdale) Brown (1783–1861)

I Love to Steal Awhile Away

I LOVE to steal awhile away

From every cumbering care,

And spend the hours of setting day

In humble, grateful prayer.

I love in solitude to shed

The penitential tear,

And all his promises to plead

Where none but God can hear.

I love to think on mercies past,

And future good implore,

And all my cares and sorrow cast

On him whom I adore.

I love by faith to take a view

Of brighter scenes in heaven:

The prospect doth my strength renew,

While here by tempests driven.

Thus, when life’s toilsome day is o’er,

May its departing ray

Be calm as this impressive hour,

And lead to endless day.