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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Phebe (Hinsdale) Brown. 1783–1861
 
4. Private Devotion
 
I LOVE to steal awhile away 
  From every cumbering care, 
And spend the hours of setting day 
  In humble, grateful prayer. 
  
I love, in solitude, to shed         5
  The penitential tear; 
And all His promises to plead, 
  When none but God can hear. 
  
I love to think on mercies past, 
  And future good implore;  10
And all my cares and sorrows cast 
  On Him whom I adore. 
  
I love, by faith, to take a view 
  Of brighter scenes in heaven; 
The prospect doth my strength renew,  15
  While here by tempests driven. 
  
Thus, when life's toilsome day is o'er, 
  May its departing ray 
Be calm as this impressive hour, 
  And lead to endless day.  20
 
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