When Softly Dawns the Golden Light

When softly downs the golden light,
And shadows melt o’er land and sea,
O sweet and sacred Heart of Christ,
We consecrate our souls to Thee!
Before Thy altar’s holy throne,
The while we humbly kneel and pray,
We bring to Thee, to Thee alone,
The off’ring of the newborn day.

When all the day of toil is done,
And twilight spreads her purple wing,
When starry vigils have begun
Before the Eucharistic King,
As earth’s poor lovers at the tryst
With ardor to the loved one flee,
O true and tender Heart of Christ,
We haste to give the night to Thee!

In joy or grief, in hope or fear,
In sin, in suff’ring and distress,
Behold a refuge ever near,
To heal, to comfort, and to bless,
In light or darkness, life and death,
In time and in eternity,
Devoted Heart, with trusting faith,
We consecrate our all to Thee.

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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