866. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Is Ended

1 The day you gave us, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at your behest;
To you our morning hymns ascended,
Your praise shall sanctify our rest.

2 We thank you that your Church, unsleeping
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world its watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

3 Across each continent and island
As dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

4 The sun that bids us rest is waking
Your friends beneath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Your wondrous doings heard on high.

5 So be it, Lord; your throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
Your kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
Till all your creatures own your sway.

Text Information
First Line: The day you gave us, Lord, is ended
Title: The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Is Ended
Author: John Ellerton, 1826-1893 (alt.)
Meter: 9 8 9 8
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Confidence; Evening; Hope (7 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Clement C. Scholefield, 1839-1904
Meter: 9 8 9 8
Key: G Major or modal

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