24. The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

1 The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
the darkness falls at thy behest;
to thee our morning hymns ascended,
thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

2 We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping,
and rests not now by day or night.

3 As o'er each continent and island
the dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor dies the strain of praise away.

4 The sun that bids us rest is waking
our brethren 'neath the western sky,
and hour by hour fresh lips are making
thy wondrous doings heard on high.

5 So be it, Lord: thy throne shall never,
like earth's proud empires, pass away;
thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
till all thy creatures own thy sway.

Text Information
First Line: The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
Author: John Ellerton (1826-1893)
Meter: 98 98
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ;
Topic: Church: Universal; Church: Worship; Evening (3 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Clement Cotterill Scholefield (1839-1904)
Arranger (last verse): Christopher Robinson (b. 1936)
Meter: 98 98
Key: G Major
Copyright: Adaptation: Descant © Christopher Robinson Permission applied for.

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