Scripture Verse

When thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father. Matthew 6:6


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Will­iam A. Dun­ker­ley, The Vi­sion Splen­did 1917. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as John Ox­en­ham, of one Dun­ker­ley’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: St. Ag­nes John B. Dykes, in Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William A. Dunkerley (1852–1941)
National Portrait Gallery

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’Mid all the traf­fic of the ways,
Turmoils with­out, with­in,
Make in my heart a qui­et place,
And come and dwell there­in.

A lit­tle shrine of qui­et­ness,
All sac­red to Thy­self,
Where Thou shalt all my soul pos­sess,
And I may find my­self.

A lit­tle shel­ter from life’s stress,
Where I may lay me prone,
And bare my soul in lone­li­ness,
And know as I am known.

A lit­tle place of mys­tic grace,
Of self and sin swept bare,
Where I may look up­on Thy face,
And talk with Thee in pray­er.