Hushed was the evening hymn,

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    Verse 1
    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.

    Verse 2
    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
    The Lord to Hannah's son revealed.

    Verse 3
    O give me Samuel's ear,
    The open ear, O Lord,
    Alive and quick to hear
    Each whisper of Thy Word,
    Like him to answer at Thy call,
    And to obey Thee first of all.

    Verse 4
    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.

    Verse 5
    O give me Samuel's mind,
    A sweet unmurmuring faith,
    Obedient and resigned
    To Thee in life and death,
    That I may read with childlike eyes
    Truths that are hidden from the wise.