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GLORY TO THEE, MY GOD, THIS NIGHT (HYMN)

Glory to thee, my God, this night

For all the blessings of the light;

Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,

Beneath thy own almighty wings.

 

Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,

The ill that I this day have done,

That with the world, myself, and thee,

I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.

 

Teach me to live, that I may dread

The grave as little as my bed;

Teach me to die, that so I may

Rise glorious at the awful day.

 

O may my soul on thee repose,

And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,

Sleep that may me more vigorous make

To serve my God when I awake.

 

When in the night I sleepless lie,

My soul with heavenly thoughts supply;

Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,

No powers of darkness me molest.

 

You, my blest guardian, whilst I sleep

Close to my bed your vigils keep;

Divine love into me instil,

Stop all the avenues of I’ll.

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,

Praise him, all creatures here below,

Praise him above, ye heavenly host,

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

– Bishop T. Ken, 1637-1711

 

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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

 

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GOD, THAT MADEST EARTH AND HEAVEN (HYMN)

God, that madest earth and heaven,
Darkness and light;
Who the day for toil hast given,
For rest the night;
May thine Angel-guards defend us,
Slumber sweet thy mercy send us,
Holy dreams and hopes attend us,
This lifelong night.

Guard us waking, guard us sleeping;
And, when we die,
May we in thy mighty keeping
All peaceful lie:
When the last dread call shall wake us,
Do not thou our God forsake us,
But to reign in glory take us
With thee on high.
– Bishop R. Heber, 1783-1826
Archbishop R. Whately, 1787-1863

 

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O GOD-HEAD RULING OVER ALL (HYMN)

O God-head ruling over all,
Blest Trinity, eternal light,
Now sinks the fiery sun to rest,
Our hearts with holy rays make bright.

To you we sang our morning hymns,
As evening comes to you we pray
That it may be our heartfelt joy
To praise you for eternity.

To God the Father glory be,
And likewise to his only Son;
Glory to you, O Paraclete,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

 

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TE LUCIS ANTE TERMINUM

Te lucis ante terminum,
Rerum Creator, poscimus;
Ut pro tua clementia,
Sis praesul et custodia.

Procul recedant somnia,
Et noctium phantasmata;
Hostemque nostrum comprime,
Ne polluantur corpora.

Praesta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar unice,
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne saeculum.
Amen.

(Hymn at Compline – Late evening prayer)

Now with the fast-departing light,
Maker of all! we ask of thee,
Of thy great mercy, through the night
Our guardian and defence to be.

Far off let idle visions fly;
No phantom of the night molest;
Curb thou our raging enemy,
That we in chaste repose may rest.

Father of mercies, hear our cry,
Hear us, O sole-begotten Son,
Who with the Holy Ghost most high,
Reignest while endless ages run.
Amen.

 

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