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

By The Golden Chain of Praise (1869). IV. The Glory of the Latter Days

Thomas Hornblower Gill (1819–1906)

OUR God! our God! Thou shinest here

Thine own this latter day:

To us Thy radiant steps appear:

We watch Thy glorious way.

Thou tookest once our flesh; Thy face

Once on our darkness shone;

Yet through each age New Births of Grace

Still make Thy glory known.

Not only olden ages felt

The presence of the Lord;

Not only with the fathers dwelt

Thy Spirit and Thy Word.

Doth not the Spirit still descend

And bring the heavenly fire?

Doth not He still Thy Church extend

And waiting souls inspire?

Come, Holy Ghost! in us arise;

Be this Thy mighty hour!

And make Thy willing people wise

To know Thy day of power!

Pour down Thy fire in us to glow,

Thy might in us to dwell;

Again Thy works of wonder show,

Thy blessèd secrets tell!

Bear us aloft, more glad, more strong

On Thy celestial wing,

And grant us grace to look and long

For our returning King.

He draweth near, He standeth by,

He fills our eyes, our ears;

Come, King of Grace, Thy people cry,

And bring the glorious years!