A hymn describing the events of this past Sunday's reading from the Hebrew Bible (1 Samuel 3:1-20).
Hushed was the evening hymn, The temple courts were dark; The lamp was burning dim Before the sacred ark; When suddenly a voice divine Rang through the silence of the shrine. The old man, meek and mild, The priest of Israel, slept; His watch the temple child, The little Levite, kept; And what from Eli’s sense was sealed Our God to Hannah’s son revealed. O give me Samuel’s ear, The open ear, O God, Alive and quick to hear Each whisper of thy Word, Like him to answer at thy call, And to obey thee first of all. O give me Samuel’s heart, A lowly heart, that waits Where in thy house thou art, Or watches at thy gates; By day and night, a heart that still Moves at the breathing of thy will. O give me Samuel’s mind, A sweet unmurm’ring faith, Obedient and resigned To thee in life and death, That I may read with childlike eyes Truths that are hidden from the wise. James Drummond Burns, 1857; alt.(via "Suddenly a Voice Divine" from Conjubilant with Song)
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