Go when the morning shineth

Text: published in Edinburgh Literary Journal: Weekly Register of Criticism and Belles Lettres (1831, February 26), page 144, attributed to "Gertrude" ("our own Gertrude"; nom de plume of Mrs. Jane Cross Simpson, of Glasgow)

Reprinted, in Magazine of botany and gardening British and foreign Vol. 3 (1837 September), p. 134.

1.
Go, when the morning shineth,
Go, when the noon is bright;
Go, when the eve declineth,
Go, in the hush of night,
Go, with pure mind and feeling,
Fling earthly thought away,
And in thy chamber kneeling,
Do thou in secret pray.

2.
Remember all who love thee
All who are loved by thee;
Pray, too, for those who hate thee,
If any such there be.
Then for thyself in meekness,
A blessing humbly claim,
And link with each petition,
Thy great Redeemer's name.

3.
Or if 'tis e'er denied thee
In solitude to pray,
should holy thoughts come o'er thee
When friends are round thy way,
E'en then the silent breathing
Of thy spirit raised above,
Will reach His throne of glory,
Who is mercy, truth, and love.

4.
Oh not a joy or blessing
With this can we compare
The power that he hath given us
To pour our souls in prayer;
When e'er thou pinest in sadness,
Before his footstool fall,
And remember in thy gladness
His grace who gave thee all.

(These are all the original stanzas)
(Line 7 of Stanza 4 does not scan)
(superfluous "and")

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