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And now this holy day

And now this holy day. Edward Harland* (1810-1890). Published in the Supplement (1876) to Harland’s Church Psalter and Hymnal (1855). It was included in the Supplement (1889) to the Second Edition of A&M, and thus in A&MS, after which it was omitted from A&MR. It is a hymn for Sunday evening, designated ‘For the Young’ in both books: its simplicity is appealing, although it expresses an idea of a kind of Sunday that has disappeared, and one that was probably never very popular with children: And now this holy day Is drawing to its end, Once more to Thee, O Lord, Our thanks and prayers ascend. We thank Thee for this rest From earthly care and strife; We thank Thee for this...

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