1 O Christ, who art the Light and Day,
Thou drivest darksome night away!
We know thee as the Light of light
Illuminating mortal sight.
2 All-holy Lord, we pray to thee,
Keep us to-night from danger free;
Grant us, dear Lord, in thee to rest,
So be our sleep in quiet blest.
3 And while the eyes soft slumber take,
Still be the heart to thee awake;
Be thy right hand upheld above
Thy servants resting in thy love.
4 O strong defender, be thou nigh
To bid the powers of darkness fly;
Keep us from sin, and guide for good
Thy servants purchased by thy blood.
5 Remember us, dear Lord, we pray
While in this mortal flesh we stay:
’Tis Thou who dost the soul defend--
Be present with us to the end.
6 Blest Three in One and One in Three,
Almighty God, we pray to thee
That thou wouldst now vouchsafe to bless
Our fast with fruits of righteousness. Amen.
|First Line:||O Christ, who art the Light and Day|
|Latin Title:||Christe qui lux es et dies|
|Translator:||William Copeland, 1804-85|
|Topic:||The Christian Year: Lent; Office Hymn: Compline|
|Source:||6th century Latin|
|Notes:||Other translators also; Alternative tune MELCOMBE 238|
|Name:||CHRISTE QUI LUX|
|Copyright:||Arr. by permission of Oxford University Press (from "English Hymnal," 1933)|