Morning Devotion

"Morning Devotion" sets a poem of Janet Lewis.

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Date: 1987Composer: Alva HendersonText: Janet Lewis

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Morning Devotion
by Janet Lewis

In the fear of death I ask me
What is my heart’s desire?
Here as I sweep the floor
And shade the sunny window
With what is it I task me?
Of heaven what implore?

Life to maintain and to increase
And to surround with peace
Like an orchard in sun
Where all’s activity,
Leaf, earth and weighted tree,
Yet all resolved in one, one
Airy tranquility.

And to maintain my soul
Content in this employ,
To bind despair and joy
Into a stable whole.
So day by day both house and spirit tending,
Feel all’s complete at day’s as at life’s ending.

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