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.
|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|
|Scripture:||John 8:12; John 12:35-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:5|
|Source:||Latin, 6th cent.|
|Notes:||Alternate tune: TALLIS' CANON (# 883)|
|Name:||CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM|
|Source:||Sarum plainsong, c. 9th cent. mode IV|