Begone my worldly cares, away
Begone my worldly cares, away. Susanna Harrison* (1752-1784).
This hymn that looks forward to Sunday was Hymn V in Harrison’s Songs of the Night (1780). It was entitled ‘Saturday Night’. It is an unusual meditation on the holy joys of a religious Sunday. It had six stanzas:
Begone my worldly cares, away! Nor dare to tempt my sight;Let me begin th’ensuing day Before I end this night.
Yes, let the work of prayer and praise Employ my heart and tongue; Begin my soul! - Thy sabbath days Can never be too long.
Let the past mercies of the week Excite a grateful frame: Nor let my tongue refuse to speak Some good of Jesu’s name.
Jesus! - how pleasing is the sound! How worthy of my...
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