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248b. O Strength and Stay upholding all creation

1 O Strength and Stay upholding all creation,
Who ever dost thyself unmoved abide,
Yet day by day the light in due gradation
From hour to hour through all its changes guide;

2 Grant to life’s day a calm unclouded ending,
An eve untouched by shadows of decay,
The brightness of a holy death-bed blending
With dawning glories of the eternal day.

3 Hear us, O Father, gracious and forgiving,
Through Jesus Christ thy co-eternal Word,
Who, with the Holy Ghost, by all things living
Now and to endless ages art adored. Amen.

Text Information
First Line: O Strength and Stay upholding all creation
Latin Title: Rerum Deus tenax vigor
Author: St Ambrose, 340-397
Translator: John Ellerton, 1826-93
Translator: F. J. A. Hort, 1828-92
Meter: 11 10 11 10
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Times and Seasons: Evening
Tune Information
Composer: J. B. Dykes, 1823-76
Meter: 11 10 11 10
Key: D Major

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