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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By III. An Evening Hymn

Edward Caswell (1814–1878)

THE SUN is sinking fast;

The daylight dies;

Let love awake and pay

Her evening sacrifice.

As Christ upon the Cross

In death reclin’d,

Into His Father’s hands

His parting soul resign’d;

So now herself my soul

Would wholly give,

Into His sacred charge,

In whom all spirits live;

So now beneath His eye

Would calmly rest,

Without a wish or thought

Abiding in the breast,

Save that His will be done,

Whate’er betide;

Dead to herself; and dead,

In Him, to all beside.

Thus would I live;—yet now

Not I, but He;

In all His power and love

Henceforth alive in me!

One sacred Trinity!

One Lord divine!

Myself for ever His,

And He for ever mine!