Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

THE MOTHER'S EVENING PRAYER
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THE MOTHER'S EVENING PRAYER



       O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
         O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
       Thou Love that guards the nestling's faltering flight!
         Keep Thou my child on upward wing to-night.

       Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
         Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
       His habitation high is here, and nigh,
         His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

       O make me glad for every scalding tear,
         For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
       Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
         No ill, - since God is good, and loss is gain.

       Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
         In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
       Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
         "Lo, I am with you alway," - watch and pray.

       No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
         No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
       When heaven's aftersmile earth's tear-drops gain,
         And mother finds her home and heavenly rest.



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