A Morning Hymn

Now the shades of night are gone

Author: Samson Occum
Published in 241 hymnals

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1 Now the shades of night are gone;
Now the morning light is come:
Lord, we would be thine to-ay,
Drive the shades of sin away.

2 Fill my soul with heavenly light,
Banish doubt and cleanse my sight;
In thy service, Lord, today
Help me labor, help me pray.

3 Keep my haughty passions bound,
Save me from my foes around;
Going out and coming in,
Keep us safe from every sin.

4 When my work of life is past,
Oh! receive me then at last!
Night of sin will be no more
When I reach the heavenly shore.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Samson Occum

Occom, Samson (sometimes given as Ockum, and again as Occum), a Mohican Indian, was born at Norwich, Connecticut, in 1723. He was converted from Paganism under G. Whitefield, in 1739-40, and educated by the Revs. E. Wheelock and Benjamin Pomeroy. In 1748 he removed to Long Island and laboured amongst a remnant of his people. In 1759 he received Presbyterian orders, visited England, 1766-67, where he preached often (once for J. Newton at Olney), and with acceptance, and raised about ten thousand pounds for Dartmouth College, and for Indian education. His later life was spent first among his own race on Long Island, and, from 1786, in Oneida County, N.Y. He died in July, 1792. Occom's Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs was publis… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now the shades of night are gone
Title: A Morning Hymn
Author: Samson Occum
Language: English



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