Prepare new honors for His name, and songs before unknown.

The most widely-known of John Keble’s poems from The Christian Year is a poem about evening.

Sun of my soul! Thou Savior dear,
It is not night if Thou be near;
Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise
To hide Thee from Thy servant’s eyes.

When the soft dews of kindly sleep
My wearied eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest
Forever on my Savior’s breast.

Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I cannot live:
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without Thee I dare not die.

Come near and bless us when we wake,
Ere through the world our way we take:
Till in the ocean of Thy love
We lose ourselves in heav’n above.

From “Evening,” in The Christian Year.

Sun of my Soul, Thou Savior Dear

John Keble, 1820


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