Scripture Verse

When I awake, I am still with You. Psalm 139:18


Harriet B. Stowe

Words: Har­ri­et B. Stowe, in the Ply­mouth Col­lec­tion, by her bro­ther, Hen­ry W. Beech­er, 1855. Stowe ha­bit­u­al­ly rose at 4:30 in the morn­ing. The lyr­ics speak to her ear­ly walks in the si­lence be­fore the rush of day.

Music: Con­so­la­tion (Men­dels­sohn), ar­ranged from Lied­er ohne Wor­te, by Fe­lix Men­dels­sohn, 1834 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Felix Mendelssohn


Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.

Alone with Thee, amid the mystic shadows,
The solemn hush of nature newly born;
Alone with Thee in breathless adoration,
In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

As in the dawning o’er the waveless ocean
The image of the morning star doth rest,
So in the stillness Thou beholdest only
Thine image in the waters of my breast.

Still, still with Thee, as to each newborn morning,
A fresh and solemn splendor still is given,
So does this blessèd consciousness, awaking,
Breathe each day nearness unto Thee and Heaven.

When sinks the soul, subdued by toil, to slumber,
Its closing eye looks up to Thee in prayer;
Sweet the repose beneath the wings o’ershading,
But sweeter still to wake and find Thee there.

So shall it be at last, in that bright morning,
When the soul waketh and life’s shadows flee;
O in that hour, fairer than daylight dawning,
Shall rise the glorious thought, I am with Thee.