Come to me, Lord, when first I wake
Come to me, Lord, when first I wake. Henry Virtue Tebbs* (1797-1876).
According to JJ, p. 1592, this was written for his wife’s (his second wife, Emma’s) birthday, 16 March 1851. It had five stanzas:
Come to me, Lord, when first I wake, As the faint lights of morning break, Bid purest thoughts within me rise, Like crystal dewdrops, to the skies.
Come to me in the sultry noon; Or earth’s low communing will soon Of thy dear face eclipse the light, And change my fairest day to night.
Come to me in the evening shade; And if my heart from thee have strayed, Oh bring it back, and from afar Smile on me like thine evening star!
Come to me in the midnight hour, When sleep withholds her balmy...
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