1 The day you gave us, Lord, has 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 onwards into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping,
nor rests from worship day or night.
3 As o'er each continent and island
the dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor dies the song of praise away.
4 The sun that bids us rest is waking
your children 'neath the western sky,
and hour by hour fresh lips are making
your wondrous deeds resound on high.
5 So be it, Lord! your throne shall never,
like earths proud empires, pass away;
your kingdom stands and grows for ever,
till all your creatures own your sway.
|First Line:||The day you gave us, Lord, has ended|
|Author:||John Ellerton (1826-1893)|
|Scripture:||1 Chronicles 23:30; Acts 16:25; Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 13:15; Isaiah 24:14-16; Malachi 1:11; Matthew 13:31-32; Psalm 40:16; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 50:1; Psalm 50:23; Psalm 70:4; Psalm 141:2|
|Topic:||The Living God: Our Response to God - in the morning and evening; Kingdom of God|
|Composer:||Clement Cotterill Scholefield (1839-1904)|
|Key:||G Major or modal|