RSS

Tag Archives: evening hymns

SUN OF MY SOUL, THOU SAVIOUR DEAR (HYMN)

Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear,

It is not night if thou be near:

O may no earth-born cloud arise

To hide thee from thy servant’s eyes.

 

When the soft dews of kindly sleep

My wearied eyelids gently steep,

By my last thought, how sweet to rest

For ever on my Saviour’s breast.

 

Abide with me from morn till eve,

For without thee I cannot live;

Abide with me when night is high,

For without thee I dare not die.

 

If some poor wandering child of thine

Have spurned to-day the voice divine,

Now, Lord, the gracious work begin;

Let him no more lie down in sin.

 

Watch by the sick; enrich the poor

With blessings from thy boundless store;

Be every mourner’s sleep to-night

Like infant’s slumbers, pure and light.

 

Come near and bless us when we wake,

Ere through the world our way we take;

Till the ocean of thy love

We lose ourselves in heaven above.

– J. Keble, 1792-1866

Advertisements
 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

SOL PRAECEPS RAPITUR – EVENING HYMN

THE SUN IS SINKING FAST (SOL PRAECEPS RAPITUR)

The sun is sinking fast,
The daylight dies;
Let love awake, and pay
Her evening sacrifice.

As Christ upon the Cross,
In death reclined,
Into his Father’s hands
His parting soul resigned,

So now herself my soul
Would wholly give
Into his sacred charge,
In whom all spirits live;

So now beneath his eye
Would calmly rest,
Without a wish or thought
Abiding in the breast,

Save that his will be done,
Whate’er betide,
Dead to herself, and dead
In him to all beside.

Thus would I live; yet now
Not I, but he
In all his power and love
Henceforth alive in me –

One sacred Trinity,
One Lord Divine,
Myself for ever his,
And he for ever mine!
(c.18th cent. Tr. E. Caswall)

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

BEFORE THE ENDING OF THE DAY (HYMN)

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray,
That you with wonted love would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.

O let no evil dreams be near,
Or phantoms of the night appear;
Our ghostly enemy restrain,
Lest aught of sin our bodies stain.

Our prayer, most loving Father, hear
Through Jesus Christ, your only Son,
Who with the Holy Paraclete
Now reigns while endless ages run.

 
 

Tags: , , ,