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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
George Washington Doane. 1799–1859
 
31. Evening
Psalm CXLI. 2
 
SOFTLY now the light of day 
Fades upon my sight away; 
Free from care, from labor free, 
Lord, I would commune with Thee: 
  
Thou, whose all-pervading eye         5
Naught escapes, without, within, 
Pardon each infirmity, 
Open fault, and secret sin. 
  
Soon, for me, the light of day 
Shall for ever pass away;  10
Then, from sin and sorrow free, 
Take me, Lord, to dwell with Thee: 
  
Thou, who, sinless, yet hast known 
All of man's infirmity; 
Then, from Thine eternal throne,  15
Jesus, look with pitying eye. 
 
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