Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Day is Past and Over - St. Anatolius

The day is past and over;
  All thanks, O Lord, to Thee;
I pray Thee now that sinless
  The hours of dark may be:
O Jesu, keep me in Thy sight,
And guard me through the coming night.

The joys of day are over;
  I lift my heart to Thee,
And ask Thee that offenceless
  The hours of dark may be:
O Jesu, keep me in Thy sight,
And guard 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 dark may be:
O Jesu, keep me in Thy sight,
And guard me through the coming night.

Be Thou my soul’s preserver,
  For Thou alone dost know
How many are the perils
  Through which I have to go:
O loving Jesu, hear my call,
And guard and save me from them all.

St. Anatolius of Constantinople (died 458 AD) Egypt
Translated by J. M. Neale
Icon of St. Anatolius of Constantinople
Source: Hymns of the Christian Church Vol. XLV, Part 2, P.F. Collier & Son, 1909–14

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