899. Across the Sky the Shades of Night

1 Across the sky the shades of night
This New Year's Eve are fleeting.
We deck Your altar, Lord, with light,
In solemn worship meeting:
And as the year's last hours go by,
We lift to You our earnest cry,
Once more Your love entreating.

2 Before the cross subdued we bow,
To You our prayers addressing,
Recounting all Your mercies now,
And all our sins confessing;
Beseeching You this coming year,
To keep us in Your faith and fear
And crown us with Your blessing.

3 We gather up, in this brief hour,
The mem'ry of Your mercies:
Your wondrous goodness, love, and pow'r,
Our grateful song rehearses:
For You have been our strength and stay
In many a dark and dreary day
Of sorrow and reverses.

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5 Then, gracious God, in years to come,
We pray Your hand may guide us,
And, onward through our journey home,
Your mercy walk beside us
Until at last our ransomed life
Is safe from peril, toil, and strife
When heav'n itself shall hide us.

Text Information
First Line: Across the sky the shades of night
Title: Across the Sky the Shades of Night
Author (sts. 1-3, 5): James Hamilton, 1819-96
Author (st. 4): Gregory J. Wismar, b. 1946
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 87 87 887
Scripture: ; ; ;
Language: English
Copyright: St. 4 © 2006 Concordia Publishing House
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): Nicolaus Decius, c. 1485-after 1546
Arranger: Joseph Herl, b. 1959
Meter: 87 87 887
Key: G Major
Copyright: Setting © 2006 Concordia Publishing House

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