Saturday, June 16, 2007

A great old hymn

I have been reading through a devotional book that includes a range of old prayers and hymns. Not having been raised in the church, I am unfamiliar with many of these. Here is a hymn that is part of an evening devotion that struck me as especially comforting.

Night is Drawing Nigh
by The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh,
Shadows of the evening steal across the sky.

Jesus, give the weary calm and sweet repose;
With your tenderest blessing may our eyelids close.

Grant to little children visions bright of thee.
Guard the sailors tossing on the sea.

Comfort every sufferer watching late in pain;
Those who plan some evil from their sin restrain.

Through the long night watches may your angels spread
Their wings above me, watching round me bed.

When the morning wakens then I may arise
Pure and fresh and sinless in your holy eyes.

3 comments:

DALE said...

I've never heard of that hymn. What a beautiful lullaby.

Cami said...

I used to look through the old hymn books when I was a child, and wonder why we didn't sing certain ones...I guess it was because they were to old or something...but I love reading the poetry of the old hymns. There's one I used to sing to my kids at night, it reminds me of the one you posted, it's called "All through the night." Lovely, needed poetry for the soul.

I.I. said...

yeah, I had never heard of it myself, but found it a comfort.