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Let Us Give Thanks
By Margaret E. Sangster
The days are so full of pleasure, The nights so bright with cheer, Thou has heaped so high the measure Of life in the passing year, That, Master and Lord, we bless thee, And bring thee thank ful praise; Our reverent lips address thee At this parting of the ways.
Many a time, and often, Thou hast pardoned our foolish pride, Hast tarried our griefs to soften, Hast our selfish prayers denied. The kinsman and the stranger Alike have known thy grace, And the sword of the unseen danger Has fled before thy face.
Many a time thy vision, Clear in the light of love, Hath aided our slow decision, And pointed our eyes above. Thy hand hath poured the chalice, And broken the daily bread, Till the hut has been as the palace, And as princes we have fed.
From the gins and traps of error Thou hast turned our feet away,- Hast saved our hearts from the terror Of the unbegotten day. Our lot in thy land has ever In fairest ground been cast ; Thou hast left us lonely never, Though our dear ones hence have passed.
For into thine own sweet heaven, Home of their soul and ours, They have entered, sin-forgiven, To praise with fuller powers ; And therefore now we praise thee, With all who have gone before, The endless hymn we raise thee, And bless thee, and adore.
And still thou art always with us, Even unto the end ; Thyself, our strength, art with us, Ever our guide and friend. How can the life be dreary In the sun of thy ceaseless care, Or the path be aught but cheery, When thou art everywhere?
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