Of My Soul
Christian Year is one of the worldís greatest books of poems. It
was written by John Keble, and it is a series of poems on the different
special services and saintsí days of the Episcopal Church.
book was published in 1827, and within twenty-six years forty-three
editions were sold. Before the writer died, he had seen ninety-six
editions, and more than half a million copies had been sold.
two poems that begin The Christian Year have each given us a
famous hymn. One is a morning hymn. The other is the still more famous
Sun of My Soul
Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear,
is not night if Thou be near;
may no earth-born cloud arise
hide Thee from Thy servantís eyes.
When the soft dews of kindly sleep
wearied eyelids gently steep
my last thought, how sweet to rest
ever on my Saviorís breast.
Abide with me from morn till eve,
without Thee I cannot live;
with me when night is nigh,
without Thee I dare not die.
If some poor wandering child of Thine
spurned today the voice divine,
Lord, the gracious work begin;
him no more lie down in sin.
Watch by the sick; enrich the poor
blessings from Thy boundless store;
every mournerís sleep tonight,
infantís slumbers, pure and light.
Come near and bless us when we wake,
through the world our way we take;
in the ocean of Thy love,
lose ourselves in heavín above.
Paul, Steve Greenís MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.