Scripture Verse

When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6


Words: Jane C. Simp­son, 1831, alt. First ap­peared in The Ed­in­burgh Li­ter­ary Jour­nal, Feb­ru­ary 26, 1831, ti­tled Go When the Morn­ing Shin­eth.

Music: Mei­ri­on­nydd Will­iam F. Lloyd, in Ca­ni­adau Sei­on, ed­it­ed by R. Mills, 1840 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pho­to of Simp­son or Lloyd (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Pray when the morn is break­ing,
Pray when the noon is bright,
Pray with the eve’s de­clin­ing,
Pray in the hush of night:
With mind made pure of pas­sion,
All mean­er thoughts away,
Low in thy cham­ber kneel­ing,
Do thou in sec­ret pray.

Remember all who love thee,
All who are loved by thee,
And next for those that hate thee
Pray thou, if such there be;
Last for thy­self in meek­ness
A bless­ing hum­bly claim,
And link with each pe­ti­tion
Thy great Re­deem­er’s name.

But if ’tis e’er de­nied thee
In so­li­tude to pray,
Should ho­ly thoughts come o’er thee
Upon life’s crowd­ed way,
E’en then the si­lent breath­ing
That lifts thy soul above
Shall reach the thron­èd pre­sence
Of mer­cy, truth, and love.