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Out of the darkness of the night,
All-conquering, comes day!
Shine through the shadows gray;
Float dreamily away.
Out of the silence and the dark,
Gallant and glad comes song!
Trills joyously, day-long,
To praise so clear and strong!
Glad birds of promise sing
For God made everything!
Yea, Lord, we bless Thee that out of all things as we proceed toward Thee, we come to Thee and to all imaginable and unimaginable Glory. Out of darkness to dawn, out of silence to song, out of the less to the large, so always is it when Thou art our Goal. We bless Thee this is so. So we ourselves have found it. Thou art our Glory and the Bringer of Glory to our lives, and so we praise Thee. Amen.
WILLIAM A. QUAYLE.
Fear not, O soul, that thou shalt sink too low !
And fear not thou, although thou climbest high.
MARY ELEANOR ROBERTS.
Lord, the troubled waves of Galilee lay quiet in Thy peace, when stern rebuke from Thee had stilled the storm that tossed them to the heavens; and so rebuke we pray, dear Lord, the winds of passion and the storms of strife, that vex and drive us as they will, and let Thy peace descend upon our life till it shall quiet lie, reflecting fair the beauty and the light that from Thy presence shine as shine the stars from out the depths of night. And Lord, to-day, the darkness gone, the storm-cloud fled away, let Thy presence, we beseech of Thee, give life and light and cheer to him whom Thou didst rescue from the night and storm; so we will rest in Thee and bless Thy name throughout the day made golden by Thy love. Amen.
GEORGE E. BARBER.
I heard a bird flood all the night
Many the birds and folk by day,
Thou hast made all things to praise Thee, O Lord. Morning, noon, and night are Thine, and their voices unite in glorifying Thy great and holy name. Thou art the God of the sunshine and the shadow. Thy benediction crowns them both, and they together magnify Thee. The whole earth is full of Thy glory. The flowers, the trees, the heavens, and the birds hymn Thy perfections. Thou makest glad the heart of man. In the morning of joy and in the night of sorrow, Thou strengthenest Thy children to do Thy will. We bear our burdens with a song of triumph. We sing through the day and we sing through the night. We deeply rejoice and are thankful that nothing can separate us from Thy love in Jesus Christ. Amen.
JOHN M. ENGLISH.
Merge into opal skies and stars just seen;
Of elves and gnomes among the mosses green.
The tree-tops murmur like some dreaming sea;
Twelve strokes, slow tolled, that faint and fade from
A shaft of gold upon my upturned face
As fleeting and as shy as any fawn;
Eternal Light, we lift our hearts to Thee, at the dawn of this new-made day. We have been protected by Thy love through the helpless hours of the night; now we lay our powers in Thy hand to be guided through the busy hours of the day. Thou who saidst, in the beginning, “Let there be light,” speak that magic word to our hearts this morning. Dispel the darkness of sin and sorrow by the shining of Thy face. Make, for us, each dawning day a symbol of Heaven where we shall see. Thee face to face when the day breaks and the shadows flee
away. Amen. H. GRANT PERSON.
I bowed to a tree, and his thought unto me
“Bless you, O bless you, O bless you!” I smiled at the sky, and the blue seemed to cry,
“O bless you, O bless you, O bless you!” I chirped to a bird, and the answer I heard
Was, “Bless you, O bless you, O bless you!” I sang everywhere, and the echoing air
Rang, “Bless you, O bless you, God bless you !”
The mountain and vale, the dell and the dale,
Proclaim to mankind, “O God bless you !” The land and the sea, in beauty and glee,
Forever seem saying, “God bless you!”
Of sunshine and stars, say, “God bless you!”
Father in heaven and in the earth, we thank Thee that blessing is everywhere. "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” We are glad that when our mood is right everything in the heavens and in the earth becomes a new and divine voice proclaiming the goodness of God. The trees and flowers and birds and sky; the mountains, the land, the sea, all shout to us “God bless you.” O Lord, let Thy spirit touch our spirits that our mood may invite the blessing. Amen.
GEORGE L. PERIN.