27. The duteous day now closeth

1 The duteous day now closeth,
each flower and tree reposeth,
shade creeps o’er wild and wood;
let us, as night is falling,
on God our Maker calling,
give thanks to Him, the giver good.

2 Now all the heavenly splendour
breaks forth in starlight tender
from myriad worlds unknown;
and man, the marvel seeing,
forgets his selfish being,
for joy of beauty not his own.

3 His care he drowneth yonder,
lost in the abyss of wonder;
to heaven his soul doth steal;
this life he disesteemeth,
the day it is that dreameth,
that doth from truth his vision seal.

4 Awhile his mortal blindness
may miss God’s loving-kindness,
and grope in faithless strife;
but when life’s day is over
shall death’s fair night discover
the fields of everlasting life.

Text Information
First Line: The duteous day now closeth
German Title: Nun ruhen alle Wälder
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676
Translator: Robert Seymour Bridges, 1844-1930
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: Hymns for the Church Year: Evening
Source: Other translators also
Tune Information
Key: G Major
Source: German Folk Song

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