431. The Duteous Day Now Closeth

1 The duteous day now closeth;
each flow'r and tree reposeth,
shade creeps o’er wild and wood;
let us, as night is falling,
on God our Maker calling,
give thanks to Him, the Giver good.

2 Now all the heav'nly splendor
breaks forth in starlight tender
from myriad worlds unknown;
and man, the marvel seeing,
forgets his selfish being
for joy of beauty not his own.

3 His care he drowneth yonder,
lost in th'abyss of wonder;
to heav'n his soul doth steal;
this life he disesteemeth,
the day it is that dreameth,
that doth from truth his vision seal.

4 Awhile his mortal blindness
may miss God’s loving-kindness,
and grope in faithless strife;
but when life’s day is over
shall death’s fair night discover
the fields of everlasting life.

Text Information
First Line: The duteous day now closeth
Title: The Duteous Day Now Closeth
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1648)
Translator: Robert Bridges
Meter: 77 67 78
Language: English
Publication Date: 2023
Topic: Benediction
Tune Information
Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 77 67 78
Key: G Major
Source: German melody

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