In sleep's serene oblivion laid

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1 In sleep's serene oblivion laid,
I safely pass'd the silent night:
Again I see the breaking shade,
I drink again the morning light.

2 New-born, I bless the waking hour,
Once more, with awe, rejoice to be:
My conscious soul resumes her pow'r,
And springs, my guardian God! to thee.

3 O guide me through the various maze
My doubtful feet are doom'd to tread;
And spread thy shield's protecting blaze,
Where dangers press around my head.

4 A deeper shade shall soon impend:
A deeper sleep my eyes oppress:
Yet then thy strength shall still defend,
Thy goodness still delight to bless.

5 That deeper shade shall break away;
That deeper sleep shall leave my eyes:
Thy light shall give eternal day;
Thy love, the raptures of the skies.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #617

Author: J. Hawkesworth

Hawkesworth, John, LL.D. (b. 1715, and d. Nov. 1773), a writer in the Gentleman's Magazine, proprietor and editor of the Adventurer, and friend of Johnson, Warton, and other literary men of note, published, in 1760, Poems and Translations, and was the author of the well-known Morning hymn "In sleep's serene oblivion laid." This hymn was composed in 1773, "about a month before his death, in a wakeful hour of the night, and dictated to his wife on rising. It appeared in the Universal Theological Magazine for March, 1802." (Miller's Singers & Songs, &c, p. 210.) It was given in Collyer's Selection, 1812; the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853; and others; and is in somewhat extensive use in America. It sometimes begins, as in the American Unitarian Hymns… Go to person page >

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First Line: In sleep's serene oblivion laid
Author: J. Hawkesworth

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A Collection of Hymns #364

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d164

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #362

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A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #155

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #XCVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #114

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A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #29

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Christian Praise: a manual of worship for public, social and private devotion #383

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #617

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #617

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #617

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #617

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Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d298

Songs for the New Life #d295

Songs for the School #d75

Songs for the School Room #d57

Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d230

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #290

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The Book of Worship #d235

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #62

The Christian Hymn Book #d299

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The College Hymn and Tune Book #d58

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The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #3

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The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d213

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The Manual of Praise for Sabbath and Social Worship #129

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The Mother's Hymn Book. (Third stereotyped ed. Rev. and enl.) #1

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