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The Prayer of Daniel

Rob Morris

As from the Orient the sun
Proclaimed his golden race begun,
And earth awoke in light and song,
Calling to toil the busy throng,

Upon his housetop, all abroad,
The exiled Hebrew plead with God,
And Sionward he breathed his prayer,
For Sion was his morning care.

Hear the voice of supplication
Save our sinful captive nation
Lead us back to Sion's hill
Lord! thou hast the power and will!

As in the South, the solar light
Mounted to his meridian height,
And man to cooling shelter fled
Shunning the fiery beams o'erhead

Upon his housetop, all abroad,
The exiled Hebrew plead with God
And Sionward he made his prayer,
For Sion was his noontide care

Hear the voice of supplication
Save our sinful captive nation
Lead us back to Sion's hill
Lord! thou hast the power and will!

As in the West the sun withdrew
Midst zephyrs bland and healing-dew,
While weary laborers homeward bent,
On evening cheer and sleep intent

Upon the housetop, all abroad,
The exiled Hebrew plead with God
And Sionward he made his prayer,
For Sion was his evening care:

Hear the voice of supplication
Save our sinful captive nation
Lead us back to Sion's hill
Lord! thou hast the power and will!

If thus the exile bent his knee,
Fearless of spite and tyranny,
Shall Masons shrink to give their praise,
Through peaceful nights and happy days?

No, no, in Lodge, at home, abroad,
Let Masons boldly plead with God,
And Sionward address their prayer,
Heaven is their Sion, God is there:

Hear the voice of supplication
Save our proud and sinful nation
Lead us all to Sion's hill
Lord! thou hast the power and will!

Commentary

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed (forbidding any person praying for thirty days, except to King Darius), he went into his house, his windows being open in his chamber toward 7erusalena he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Daniel vi, 10.
If thy people sin against thee, and thou deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives into the land of the enemy, yet if they shall bethink themselves and repent, and make supplication unto thee, and pray unto thee, toward the city which thou has chosen then hear thou their prayer in Heaven, thy dwelling place, and maintain thy cause and forgive thy people. I Kings viii, 46.
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