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First Line: Sleep, sleep today, tormenting cares
Last Line: A god of purity!
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Variant Title(s): Hymn X
Subject(s): Sabbath; Sunday


SLEEP, sleep to-day, tormenting cares,
Of earth and folly born;
Ye shall not dim the light that streams
From this celestial morn.
To-morrow will be time enough
To feel your harsh control;
Ye shall not violate, this day,
The sabbath of my soul.
Sleep, sleep forever, guilty thoughts;
Let fires of vengeance die;
And, purged from sin, may I behold
A God of purity!




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