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Another week has passed away,
with all its busy cares;
and now before thy holy day,
with its glad praise and prayers,
we rest awhile life’s weary oar,
and think of the eternal shore.
How many dangers we have passed,
directed, Lord, by thee,
while others on the rocks were cast
in life’s deceitful sea;
we bless thee as we rest our oar
and look for the eternal shore.
Whene’er we drifted from the track,
unpiloted by thee,
thou didst in mercy call us back,
and still the stormy sea;
for this we bless thee more and more,
and long for the eternal shore.
Fresh pardoned through the Crucified,
thy mercy we entreat,
to guide us to the further side,
and there thy servants meet:
O Jesus, guide us safely o’er,
and meet us on the eternal shore.
Oswald Allen (1817-1878), 1861