Forth from the dark and stormy sky. Bp. R. Heber. [Lent.] Appeared in his Hymns, &c, 1827, in 2 stanzas of 6 lines, and appointed for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity. It was also included in the 1842 edition of the same. The use of this hymn has been very varied. In the New Mitre, and Thring's Collection, it is appointed for "Holy Communion" (its claim thereto being evidently the second line of stanza i., "Lord, to Thine altar's shade we flee," and the concluding line of each stanza, "Turn not, O Lord, Thy guests away"); whilst in Kennedy it is given for "Passion Week," and in other collections for different seasons. In most cases the text is unaltered, as in Thring's Collection, 1882, No. 532. Its American use is extensive.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)