Christopher Smart

(11 April 1722 – 21 May 1771 / Kent, England)

A Morning Hymn - Poem by Christopher Smart

O Thou, who lately closed my eyes,
And calmed my soul to rest,
Now the dull blank of darkness flies,
Be thanked, be praised, and blest!

And as thou saved me in the night,
From anguish and dismay,
Lead through the labours of the light,
And dangers of the day.

Through from Thy laws I daily swerve,
Yet still Thy mercy grant;
Shield me from all that I deserve,
And grant me all I want.

However she's tempted to descend,
Keep reason on her throne;
From all men's passions me defend,
But chiefly from my own.


Comments about A Morning Hymn by Christopher Smart

  • Susan Williams (1/31/2016 4:21:00 PM)


    A well-done poem of faith, both supplication and thanksgiving in its words:
    - - -From anguish and dismay,
    Lead through the labours of the light,
    And dangers of the day.
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  • (1/31/2016 3:43:00 PM)


    Beautiful hym. From all. Men's passion me defend..but chiefly from my own. The rule of prayer, the path to peace to be followed with devotion. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/31/2016 2:12:00 PM)


    Nice poem, (Report) Reply

  • Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (1/31/2016 9:52:00 AM)


    Lovely, prayerful poem to recite each morning (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2016 7:41:00 AM)


    ..........a classic poem and written beautifully ★ (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/31/2016 4:25:00 AM)


    Save us from all harms and help to be a nice human being.Nice prayer. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (1/31/2016 2:16:00 AM)


    May this morning hymn and the prayer protect us always in life-
    From anguish and dismay,
    And dangers of the day.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/31/2016 2:13:00 AM)


    To Pray and respect life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (1/31/2016 12:21:00 AM)


    Has the rhythm of hymn, all right. Now we just need the music. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015



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