880. Now Rest beneath Night's Shadow

1 Now rest beneath night's shadow
The woodland, field, and meadow;
The world in slumber lies.
But you, my heart, awaking
And prayer and music making,
Let praise to your Creator rise.

2 The radiant sun has vanished,
His golden rays are banished
From dark'ning skies of night;
But Christ, the Sun of gladness,
Dispelling all our sadness,
Shines down on us in warmest light.

3 Now all the heav'nly splendor
Breaks forth in starlight tender
From myriad worlds unknown;
And we, this marvel seeing,
Forget our selfish being
For joy of beauty not our own.

4 Lord Jesus, since You love me,
Now spread Your wings above me
And shield me from alarm.
Though Satan would devour me,
Let angel guards sing o'er me:
This child of God shall meet no harm.

5 My loved ones, rest securely,
For God this night will surely
From peril guard your heads.
Sweet slumbers may He send you
And bid His hosts attend you
And through the night watch o'er your beds.

Text Information
First Line: Now rest beneath night's shadow
Title: Now Rest beneath Night's Shadow
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 776 778
Scripture: Psalm 4:8; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 91:11-12; Luke 1:78-79; Psalm 139:11-14
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Tr.) alt.
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: O WELT, ICH MUSS DICH LASSEN
Composer: Heinrich Isaac, c. 1450-1517
Meter: 776 778
Key: F Major or modal
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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