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Mother’s Evening Prayer

Greg Granoff  •  Digital Sheet Music (DSM)


A lullaby rhythm cradles the words of this carefully crafted setting, the textures alteringto reflect intimacy, urgency or grandeur as the text requires. Lyrics by Mary Baker Eddy.

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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 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 flowler, pestilence or pain
No night drops down upon the troubled breast
When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s teardrops gain
And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest.

Words by Mary Baker Eddy from the Christian Science Hymnal, used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection