Now Woods and Wolds Are Sleeping

Now woods and wolds are sleeping

Author: Paul Gerhardt; Translator: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1910)
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1 Now woods and wolds are sleeping,
And darkness fast is creeping
O'er byre, hearth, and hall;
But thou, my soul, ere slumber,
For blessings passing number
Exalt the Giver of them all.

2 Ye also, O my dearest,
My friends and kindred nearest,
God rest you safe from harm!
His angel hosts attend ye,
Their golden shields defend ye,
From nightly danger and alarm.


Source: The Hymnbook #66

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Woodward, George Ratcliffe, M.A. of G. & C. College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours 1872, M.A. 1875. Has held several curacies and two benefices, and is now (1907) Curate of St. Mark's, Marylebone Road, London. He has translated a number of hymns from the German and Latin, which are included in his Songs of Syon, 1904. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now woods and wolds are sleeping
Title: Now Woods and Wolds Are Sleeping
German Title: Nun ruhen alle Wälder
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1910)
Source: Praxis Pietatis Melica, 3rd edition, by Johann Crüger, 1648
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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