569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended

1 The day you gave us, Lord, has ended;
the darkness falls at your behest.
To you our morning hymns ascended;
your praise shall hallow now our rest.

2 We thank you that your church, unsleeping
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world its watch is keeping,
and never rests by day or night.

3 As to 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, here having set,
is waking your children under western skies,
and hour by hour, as day is breaking,
fresh hymns of thankful praise arise.

5 So be it, Lord; your realm shall never,
like earth's proud empires, pass away;
but stand and grow and rule forever,
till all your creatures own your sway.

Text Information
First Line: The day you gave us, Lord, has ended
Title: The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
Author: John Ellerton, 1825-1893 (alt.)
Meter: 9 8 9 8
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Evening
Tune Information
Composer: Clement C. Scholefield, 1839-1904
Meter: 9 8 9 8
Key: G Major

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