Now from the altar of my heart

Now from the altar of my heart. John Mason* (ca. 1646-1694).  This is from Mason’s Spiritual Songs, or, Songs of Praise to Almighty God upon several occasions (1683). It was entitled ‘A Song of Praise for the Evening’. It had three stanzas and a half stanza:  Now from the Altar of my Heart,  Let Incense Flames arise. Assist me, Lord, to offer up  Mine Evening Sacrifice. Awake, my Love; Awake, my Joy,  Awake my Heart and Tongue. Sleep not when Mercies loudly call:  Break forth into a Song.  Man’s Life’s a Book of History,  The Leaves thereof are dayes. The Letters Mercies closely Joy’nd,  The Title is thy Praise:This day God was my Sun and Shield,  My Keeper and my Guide.His care was on...

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