A First Series of Hymns and Songs/Catholic Hymns/Morning Hymn
Morning and Evening.
1. Morning Hymn.
Now doth the sun ascend the sky,
And wake creation with its ray:
Be present with us, Lord most high,
Through all the actions of the day.
Create in us a heart sincere,
Simplicity of word and will;
And may the morn, so pure, so clear,
Its own sweet calm in us instil.
Keep us, eternal Lord, this day,
From every sinful passion free;
Grant us in all we do and say.
In all our thoughts to honour thee.
For all day long on heaven's high tower
There stands thy sentinel, who spies
Our every action hour by hour,
From early dawn till daylight dies.
So when the evening stars appear,
And in their train the darkness bring,
May we, O Lord, with conscience clear,
To Thee our grateful praises sing.