568. Now Rest beneath Night's Shadow

1 Now rest beneath night's shadow
the woodland, field and meadow --
the world in slumber lies.
But you, my heart, awaking
and prayer and music making:
Let praise to your creator rise.

2 Lord Jesus, since you love me,
now spread your wings above me
and shield me from alarm.
Though evil would assail me,
your mercy will not fail me;
I rest in your protecting arm.

3 My loved ones, rest securely,
for God this night will surely
from peril guard your heads.
Sweet slumber may God send you;
the angel hosts attend you
and through the night watch o'er your beds.

Text Information
First Line: Now rest beneath night's shadow
Title: Now Rest beneath Night's Shadow
Original Language: German
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676
Meter: 7 7 6 7 7 8
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Expanded Images for God; Evening
Source: Tr. composite
Tune Information
Composer: Heinrich Isaac, 1450-1517
Meter: 7 7 6 7 7 8
Key: F Major
Source: Lutheran Book of Worship, arr.
Copyright: Arr. © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress

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