Softly Now the Light of Day

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George W. Doane, 1824

Softly now the light of day
Fades upon my sight away;
Free from care, from labour free,
Lord, I would commune with thee.

2. Thou, whose all-pervading eye
Naught escapes, without, within,
Pardon each infirmity,
Open fault, and secret sin.

3. 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.

4. Thou who, sinless, yet hast known
All of man's infirmity;
Then, from thine eternal throne,
Jesus, look with pitying eye.

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