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Here’s a beautiful new setting of the beloved poem “Mother’s Evening Prayer” by Mary Baker Eddy. The music is composed by WFM Director Peter Link. Julia Wade brings to the song her childhood memories of mother and daughter, bedtime prayers and the gentle presence of God’s “peace and joy and power”.
Mother’s Evening Prayer
Words by Mary Baker Eddy
O gentle presence,
Peace and joy and power;
O Life Divine,
That owns each waiting hour,
Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight
Love is out refuge;
Only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.
O make me flad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, in gratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear No ill,
Since God is good and loss is gain.
Beneath the shadow of his mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
Lo, I am with you alway, watch and pray.
No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
When heaven’s after smile earth’s teardrops gain,
And mother finds her home and heavenly rest.
Words by Mary Baker Eddy from the Christian Science Hymnal, used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection