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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
John Hay. 1838–1905
 
197. Hymn of the Knights Templars
 
MOTHER of God! as evening falls 
  Upon the silent sea, 
And shadows veil the mountain walls, 
  We lift our souls to thee! 
From lurking perils of the night,         5
  The desert's hidden harms, 
From plagues that waste, from blasts that smite, 
  Defend thy men-at-arms! 
  
Mother of God! thy starry smile 
  Still bless us from above!  10
Keep pure our souls from passion's guile, 
  Our hearts from earthly love! 
Still save each soul from guilt apart 
  As stainless as each sword, 
And guard undimmed in every heart  15
  The image of our Lord! 
  
In desert march or battle's flame, 
  In fortress and in field, 
Our war-cry is thy holy name, 
  Thy love our joy and shield!  20
And if we falter, let thy power 
  Thy stern avenger be, 
And God forget us in the hour 
  We cease to think of thee! 
  
Mother of God! the evening fades  25
  On wave and hill and lea, 
And in the twilight's deepening shades 
  We lift our souls to thee! 
In passion's stress—the battle's strife, 
  The desert's lurking harms,  30
Maid-Mother of the Lord of Life, 
  Protect thy men-at-arms! 
 
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