882. O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day

1 O Christ, who art the light and day,
Thou drivest night and gloom away;
O Light of light, whose Word doth show
The light of heav'n to us below.

2 All-holy Lord, in humble prayer,
We ask tonight Thy watchful care.
O grant us calm repose in Thee,
A quiet night, from perils free.

3 Our sleep be pure from sinful stain;
Let not the tempter vantage gain
Or our unguarded flesh surprise
And make us guilty in Thine eyes.

4 Asleep though wearied eyes may be,
Still keep the heart awake to Thee;
Let Thy right hand outstretched above
Guard those who serve the Lord they love.

5 Behold, O God, our shield, and quell
The crafts and subtleties of hell;
Direct Thy servants in all good,
Who Thou hast purchased with Thy blood.

6 O Lord, remember us who bear
The burden of the flesh we wear;
Thou who dost e'er our souls defend,
Be with us even to the end.

7 All praise to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,
Whom with the Spirit we adore
Forever and forevermore.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: O Christ, who art the light and day
Title: O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day
Translator: William J. Copeland, 1804-85
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: L M
Scripture: John 8:12; John 12:35-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:5
Source: Latin, 6th cent.
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tune: TALLIS' CANON (# 883)
Tune Information
Name: CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM
Meter: L M
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Sarum plainsong, c. 9th cent. mode IV



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