61. O Christ, who art the Light and Day

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.

Text Information
First Line: O Christ, who art the Light and Day
Latin Title: Christe qui lux es et dies
Translator: William Copeland, 1804-85
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Lent; Office Hymn: Compline
Source: 6th century Latin
Notes: Other translators also; Alternative tune MELCOMBE 238
Tune Information
Key: F Major
Copyright: Arr. by permission of Oxford University Press (from "English Hymnal," 1933)

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