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THE NIGHT WATCHES.
“I sleep, but my heart waketh.”
The sun is sinking in the west,
The angels, ne'er weighed down with sleep,
Now cleanse the soul from earthly soil,
" There was no more sea.”
Restless the waves of human passion swell
With Heaven and Hell :
But when earth, Heaven, and Hell shall pass away. Then has the Lord ordained with them shall cease This angry tumult, and instead, the
peace Of endless day.
ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS.
“He shall give his angels charge concerning thee.”
In the dark night, when all is still,
And men are wrapt in sleep, Angels, performing God's high will,
Watch o’er the holy keep :
With silent motion through the air
Unnoticed they descend,
God's glory is their end.
The sick, the wounded in the strife,
The faint, the sore distrest-
And dreams of holy rest.