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Mothers Evening Prayer

Ruth E. Lambert

Key:
G
Vocal Range:
High
Pitch Range:
D-G-2
Key:
F
Vocal Range:
Medium
Pitch Range:
C-F-3
Key:
D
Vocal Range:
Low
Pitch Range:
A-D-2
Composer:
Ruth E. Lambert
Lyricist:
Mary Baker Eddy
Instrumentation:
Piano/Vocal
Keys:
D
,
F
,
G
Vocal Ranges:
High
,
Low
,
Medium
Vocal Pitch Ranges:
A-D
,
C-F
,
D-G

Contemporary, somewhat difficult. A heart-felt rendition of Mrs. Eddy’s beautiful poem, prayerful and retrospective.

Lyrics

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 to-night.

Love is our 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 glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, 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 aftersmile earth’s tear-drops gain,
And mother finds her home and heavenly rest.

Music: ©2012 Estate of Ruth E. Lambert
Words used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection

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