The turf shall be my fragrant shrine

The turf shall be my fragrant shrine

Author: Thomas Moore
Published in 23 hymnals

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1 The turf shall be my fragrant shrine,
My temple, Lord! that arch of Thine;
My censer’s breath the mountain airs,
And silent thoughts my only prayers.

2 My choir shall be the moonlight waves,
When murmuring homeward to their caves,
Or when the stillness of the sea,
E’en more than music, breathes of Thee!

3 I’ll seek, by day, some glade unknown,
All light and silence, like Thy throne;
And all the pale stars shall be at night,
The only eyes that watch my rite.

4 Thy Heaven, on which ’tis bliss to look,
Shall be my pure and shining book,
Where I shall read, in words of flame,
The glories of Thy wondrous name.

5 I’ll read Thy anger in the rack
That clouds awhile the day-beams track;
Thy mercy in the azure hue
Of sunny brightness breaking through!

6 There’s nothing bright, above, below,
From flowers that bloom to stars that glow,
But in its light my soul can see
Some feature of Thy deity.

7 There’s nothing dark, below, above,
But in its gloom I trace Thy love,
And meekly wait that moment, when
Thy touch shall turn all bright again!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12060

Author: Thomas Moore

Moore, Thomas, son of John Moore, a small tradesman at Dublin, was born in that city, May 28, 1779, educated at a private school and Trinity College, Dublin; read at the Middle Temple for the Bar; held a post under the Government in Bermuda for a short time, and died Feb. 26, 1852. His Memoirs, Journal, and Correspondence were published by Lord John Russell in 1855. In that work every detail concerning himself and his numerous publications, most of them of high poetical merit, will be found. His connection with hymnody is confined to his Sacred Songs, which were published in 1816, and again in his Collected Works, 1866. These Songs were 32 in all, and were written to popular airs of various nations. Of these Songs the following have passed… Go to person page >

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Author: Thomas Moore

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