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W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

“Receive Thy Sight”

William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

WHEN the blind suppliant in the way,

By friendly hands to Jesus led,

Prayed to behold the light of day,

“Receive thy sight,” the Saviour said.

At once he saw the pleasant rays

That lit the glorious firmament;

And, with firm steps and words of praise,

He followed where the Master went.

Look down in pity, Lord, we pray,

On eyes oppressed by moral night,

And touch the darkened lids and say

The gracious words, “Receive thy sight.”

Then, in clear daylight, shall we see

Where walked the sinless Son of God;

And, aided by new strength from Thee,

Press onward in the path He trod.