677. The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended

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

2 We thank thee that thy church unsleeping,
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world a 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 song of praise away.

4 The sun that bids us rest is waking
thy children ‘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 forever
until there dawns thy glorious day.

Text Information
First Line: The day thou gavest, Lord is ended
Title: The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended
Author: John Ellerton (1870, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Celebrating Time; Christian Year: Reign of Christ; Ecumenical (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Clement Cottewill Scholefield (1874)
Key: G Major

Text Information:

Written as a confident expression of missionary expansion, this text has become a humbler evening reflection concerning the rest of the world and humanity’s place in God’s universe. The tune name honors both the composer’s given name and the church where he was baptized.

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