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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889


By George Washington Doane (1799–1859)

[Born in Trenton, N. J., 1799. Died at Burlington, N. J., 1859. From Life and Writings. 1860.]

Psalm cxli. 2.

SOFTLY now the light of day

Fades upon my sight away;

Free from care, from labor free,

Lord, I would commune with Thee:

Thou, whose all-pervading eye,

Naught escapes, without, within,

Pardon each infirmity,

Open fault and secret sin.

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 Thine eternal throne,

Jesus, look with pitying eye.