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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