1 Ere to the world again we go,
Its pleasures, cares, and idle show,
Thy grace once more, O God, we crave,
From folly and from sin to save.
2 May the great truths we here have heard,
The lessons of Thy holy word,
Dwell in our inmost bosoms deep,
And all our souls from error keep.
3 Oh, may the influence of this day
Long as our memory with us stay,
And as a constant guardian prove,
To guide us to our home above.
Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #58
Ere to the world again we go. [Close of Worship.] This popular hymn with the American Unitarians has been traced to George E. Ellis's Psalms & Hymns, Boston, U. S., 1845, where it is given anonymously in 3 stanzas of 4 lines. It is found in most later Unitarian collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)