The Day is Past and Over

The day is past and over;
All thanks, O LORD, to Thee!
I pray Thee, that offenceless
The hours of dark may be.
O Jesu! keep me in Thy sight,
And save me through the coming night!

The joys of day are over:
I lift my heart to Thee;
And call on Thee, that sinless
The hours of sin may be.
O Jesu! make their darkness light,
And save me through the coming night!

The toils of day are over:
I raise the hymn to Thee;
And ask that free from peril
The hours of fear may be.
O Jesu! keep me in Thy sight,
And guard me through the coming night!

Lighten mine eyes, O SAVIOUR,
Or sleep in death shall I,
And he, my wakeful tempter,
Triumphantly shall cry:
“He could not make their darkness light,
Nor guard them through the hours of night!”

Be Thou my soul’s preserver,
O GOD! for Thou dost know
How many are the perils
Through which I have to go:
Lover of men! O hear my call,
And guard and save me from them all!

Greek Title: την ημεραν διελθων
Translator: John Mason Neale (1862)
Author: Anatolius, of Constantinople, Saint, d. 458

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