181. Across the Sky the Shades of Night

1 Across the sky the shades of night
This New Year's eve are fleeting.
We deck your altar, Lord, with light,
In solemn worship meeting:
And as the year's last hours go by,
We raise to you our earnest cry,
Once more your love entreating.

2 Before the cross subdued we bow,
To you our prayer addressing,
Recounting all your mercies now,
And all our sins confessing,
Beseeching you this coming year
To keep us in your faith and fear,
To crown us with your blessing.

3 We gather up in this brief hour
The mem'ry of your mercies:
Your wondrous goodness, love, and pow'r
Our grateful song rehearses;
For you have been our strength and stay
In many a dark and dreary day
Of sorrow and reverses.

4 Then, gracious God, in years to come,
We pray your hand may guide us,
And, onward through our journey home,
Your mercy walk beside us
Until at last our ransomed life
Is safe from peril, toil, and strife
When heav'n itself shall hide us.

Text Information
First Line: Across the sky the shades of night
Title: Across the Sky the Shades of Night
Author: James Hamilton, 1819-96 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 887
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Topic: Lesser Festivals
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): Nikolaus Decius, c. 1485-aft. 1546
Meter: 87 87 887
Key: G Major
Copyright: Arrangement: Copyright 1982 Concordia Publishing House.

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