886. The Day Thou Gavest

1 The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

2 We thank Thee that Thy church, unsleeping
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And never rests by day or night.

3 As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

4 The sun, that bids us rest, is waking
Thy saints beneath the western skies,
And hour by hour, as day is breaking,
Fresh hymns of thankful praise arise.

5 So be it, Lord! Thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
Thy kingdom stands and grows forever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

Text Information
First Line: The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
Title: The Day Thou Gavest
Author: John Ellerton, 1826-93 (alt. )
Meter: 98 98
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ; ; ;
Tune Information
Composer: Clement C. Scholefield, 1839-1904
Meter: 98 98
Key: G Major

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