Only a little while, sowing and reaping,Only a little while, our vigil keeping;Then we shall gather home, no more to sever,Clasped in eternal love, blest, blest forever.
Blest, blest forever,No more to sever,Clasped in eternal love,Blest, blest forever.
Only a little while, heartbreak and sorrow,Dark though the night may be, cloudless the morrow;Only a little while, Earth ties to sever,Then in our Father land, blest, blest forever.
Only a little while, shadow and sadness,Then in eternity sunshine and gladness;Only a little while, then o’er the river,Home, rest and victor palm, life, joy forever.
Father of love and power,Guard Thou our evening hour,Shield with Thy might;For all Thy care this dayOur grateful thanks we pay,And to our Father pray,Bless us tonight!
Jesus, Emmanuel,Come, in Thy love to dwellIn hearts contrite.For all our sins we grieve,But we Thy grace receive,And in Thy Word believe;Bless us tonight!
Spirit of holiness,Gentle, transforming, grace,Indwelling Light!Soothe Thou each weary breast,Now let Thy peace possessedCalm us to perfect rest;Bless us tonight!
Savior, breathe an evening blessingEre repose our spirits seal;Sin and want we come confessing:Thou canst save, and Thou canst heal.
Though destruction walk around us,Though the arrow past us fly,Angel guards from Thee surround us;We are safe if Thou art nigh.
Though the night be dark and dreary,Darkness cannot hide from Thee;Thou art He who, never weary,Watchest where Thy people be.
Should swift death this night o’ertake us,And our couch become our tomb,May the morn in heaven awake us,Clad in light and deathless bloom.
Father, to thy holy keepingHumbly we ourselves resign;Savior, who hast slept our sleeping,Make our slumbers pure as thine
Blessèd Spirit, brooding o’er us,Chase the darkness of our night,Till the perfect day before usBreaks in everlasting light.