Hushed Was the Evening Hymn



Hushed was the evening hymn,

The temple courts were dark;

The lamp was burning dim

Before the sacred ark;

When suddenly a voice divine

Rang through the silence of the shrine.



The old man, meek and mild,

The priest of Israel, slept;

His watch the temple child,

The little Levite, kept;

And what from Eli’s sense was sealed

The Lord to Hannah’s son revealed.



O give me Samuel’s ear,

The open ear, O Lord,

Alive and quick to hear

Each whisper of Thy Word,

Like him to answer at Thy call,

And to obey Thee first of all.



O give me Samuel’s heart,

A lowly heart, that waits

Where in Thy house Thou art,

Or watches at Thy gates;

By day and night, a heart that still

Moves at the breathing of Thy will.



O give me Samuel’s mind,

A sweet unmurm’ring faith,

Obedient and resigned

To Thee in life and death,

That I may read with child like eyes

Truths that are hidden from the wise.

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