The Roseate Hues of Early Dawn

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Melody - "Ellacombe," Gesangbuch der H. W. k. Hofkapelle, Wurtemberg, 1784; adapted by William H. Monk, 1868
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Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander, 1853

The roseate hues of early dawn,
The brightness of the day,
The crimson of the sunset sky,
How fast they fade away!
O for the pearly gates of heav'n!
O for the golden floor!
O for the Sun of Righteousness
That setteth nevermore!
2. The highest hopes we cherish here,
How fast they tire and faint!
How many a spot defiles the robe
That wraps an earthly saint!
O for a heart that never sins!
O for a soul washed white!
O for a voice to praise our King,
Nor weary day or night!
3. Here faith is ours, and heavenly hopes,
And grace to lead us higher;
But there are perfectness and peace
Beyond our best desire.
O by Thy love and anguish, Lord,
O by Thy life laid down,
Grant that we fall not from Thy grace,
Nor cast away our crown!

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