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When Morning Gilds the Skies
Translated from German by Edward Caswall
Music by Joseph Barnby

Job 1:21
"May the Name of the Lord be praised."

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          When morning gilds the skies
          My heart awaking cries:
          May Jesus Christ be praised!
          Alike at work and prayer,
          To Jesus I repair:
          May Jesus Christ be praised!

          When sleep her balm denies,
          My silent spirit sighs,
          May Jesus Christ be praised!
          When evil thoughts molest,
          With this I shield my breast,
          May Jesus Christ be praised!

          Does sadness fill my mind?
          A solace here I find,
          May Jesus Christ be praised!
          Or fades my earthly bliss?
          My comfort still is this,
          May Jesus Christ be praised!

          In heav'n's eternal bliss
          The loveliest strain is this,
          May Jesus Christ be praised!
          The pow'rs of darkness fear,
          When this sweet chant they hear:
          May Jesus Christ be praised!

          Be this, while life is mine,
          My canticle divine,
          May Jesus Christ be praised!
          Be this th'eternal song,
          Thro' all the ages on:
          May Jesus Christ be praised!


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