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The Vesper Prayer
Sacred Song
Words by Chas. Emerson Cook
Music by Frank H. Brackett

Boston. Published by B.F. Wood Music Co.

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I sat in the chapel thinking,
As soft fell the twilight hour,
The sun of God's day was sinking
To rest by the ivied tower.
All was peace in the earth about me,
But my heart felt a vague unrest
"Would the day have been better without me"
And I dried from a soul distressed:
"Lord, bring rest to a weary soul,
Burdened with care and grief!
Come, and Thy love will make me whole,
Fost'ring mine heart's belief
Swift to Thy mansion let me flee,
Hiding within Thy breast;
Heavy thy burden, I long for Thee!
Come, Lord, and bring me rest."

My soul's brightest hopes were fleeting;
The lights in the heavens paled.
"Ah! Lord, what will be Thy greeting
To one who has tried and failed?"
Then a hush, as of God's own sadness,
Then the choir, with a heaven burst song,
Tuned to praising, and hope, and gladness,
Sent my answer the aisles along.
"Come unto me, thou weary soul,
Weighed down with care and grief."
Come, and my love will make thee whole,
Fost'ring thine heart's belief
here is My mansion's a place for thee,
Here as thy Father's guest;
Is the yoke heavy? then learn of me:
Come, and with me find rest, rest
Is the yoke heavy? then learn of me:
Come and with me find rest."


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