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Awake, O Lord, as in the time of old!
Come down, O Spirit, in thy power and might!
For lack of thee our hearts are strangely cold,
our minds but blindly grope toward the light.
Doubts are abroad: make thou these doubts to cease!
Fears are within: set thou these fears at rest!
Strife is among us: melt that strife to peace!
Change marches onward: may all change be blest!
It is not knowledge that we chiefly need,
though knowledge sanctified by thee is dear:
it is the will and power to love indeed;
it is the constant thought that God is near.
Make us to be what we profess to be;
let prayer be prayer, and praise be heartfelt praise;
from unreality, O set us free,
and let our words be echoed by our ways.
Turn us, good Lord, and so shall we be turned:
let every passion grieving thee be stilled:
then shall our race be won, our guerdons earned,
our Master looked on, and our joy fulfilled.
Henry Twells (1823-1900)