Christ My Song - 1012
May heavenly guides attend thee! - To a Friend setting out on a Journey (Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
To a Friend setting out on a Journey.
1. May heavenly guides attend thee!
May heavenly guards defend thee!
May heavenly influence send thee
sweet themes for holy thought!
Though shades of night enfold thee,
that Eye will still behold thee,
e'en his who slumbers not!
2. No evil shall befall thee,
no enemy appal thee,
bright messengers shall call thee,
throughout the silent night,
to share their high communion,
sweet pledge of future union
with sainted heirs of light.
3. No human voice may cheer thee,
no earthly listener hear thee,
but oh! one Friend is near thee,
the kindest and the best!
whose smile can banish sadness,
whose presence fills with gladness
the solitary breast.
4. Thy God will go before thee,
and day and night watch o'er thee,
and safely soon restore thee
to thy loved home in peace;
nor will his care diminish
till life's long journey finish,
and toils and dangers cease.
Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 118-119.