853. 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 never rests 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, which bids us rest, is waking
Your children under western skies,
And hour by hour, as day is breaking,
Fresh hymns of thankful praise arise.

5 So be it, Lord! Your throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away;
Your kingdom stands, and grows forever
Until there dawns your glorious day.

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: 2011
Topic: Evening
Tune Information
Composer: Clement C. Scholefield, 1839-1904
Meter: 9 8 9 8
Key: G Major

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