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

Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)

Vesper Hymn

NOW, on sea and land descending,

Brings the night its peace profound:

Let our vesper hymn be blending

With the holy calm around.

Soon as dies the sunset glory,

Stars of heaven shine out above,

Telling still the ancient story—

Their Creator’s changeless love.

Now, our wants and burdens leaving

To His care who cares for all,

Cease we fearing, cease we grieving;

At his touch our burdens fall.

As the darkness deepens o’er us,

Lo! eternal stars arise;

Hope and Faith and Love rise glorious,

Shining in the Spirit’s skies.