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Sweet Singers of Wales
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Evan Evans (Ieuan Glan Geirionydd)

Nearly all his hymns are prayers--prayers full of the tenderest appeals, as if his faith trembled in approaching the Golden Gate. The following is given as an instance:

To Him who bends to hear the weak,

I bring my simple plea:

In every pain and sore distress,

Turn not away from me!

Although unworthy to enjoy

Thy presence full and free,

Deserving but to be cast out--

Turn not away from me!

When my acquaintance, one by one,

Leave me in misery;

And friend and comrade stand afar,

Turn not away from me!

For Thy dear cross and precious death

On lonely Calvary,

And for Thine intercession now,

Turn not away from me!

When I must face the stormy flood,

Where many sorrows be;

And through the valley walk alone,

Turn not away from me!

When Thou shalt come the second time,

With awful majesty,

To judge the living and the dead,

Turn not away from me!

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