844. 8s. & 7s. M. Pierpont. Anniversary Hymn.
1 God of mercy, do thou never
From our offering turn away,
But command a blessing ever
On the memory of this day.
2 Light and peace do thou ordain it;
O'er it be no shadow flung,
Let no deadly darkness stain it,
And no clouds be o'er it hung.
3 May the song this people raises,
And its vows to thee addressed,
Mingle with the prayers and praises,
That thou hearest from the blest.
4 When the lips are cold that sing thee,
And the hearts that love thee dust,
Father, then our souls shall bring thee
Holier love and firmer trust.