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The Mother’s Evening Prayer

Brett Allen

Key:
F Major
Vocal Range:
High
Pitch Range:
D4-G5-5
Key:
D Major
Vocal Range:
Medium
Pitch Range:
B3-F5-3
Key:
B Major
Vocal Range:
Low
Pitch Range:
G3-D5-5
Composer:
Brett Allen
Lyricist:
Mary Baker Eddy
Publisher:
Brett Allen Music
Instrumentation:
Keyboard/Vocal
Keys:
B Major
,
D Major
,
F Major
Vocal Ranges:
High
,
Low
,
Medium
Vocal Pitch Ranges:
B3-F5
,
D4-G#5
,
G#3-D5
MP3 Duration:
04:15

For the purpose of expressing Mary Baker Eddy's reassuring words of safety under God's care, composer Brett Allen employs an original hymn tune, "Sourland," expressive of home and peace and rest. The Sourland Mountains region of central NJ is where Allen grew up and where his family history has deep roots.

Lyrics

The Mother’s Evening Prayer
Words by Mary Baker Eddy
Music by Brett Allen

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 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 heav’nly rest.

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