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Be thou, O God, by night, by day

Be thou, O God, by night, by day

Published in 23 hymnals

Full Text

Be Thou, O God, by night, by day,
My guard, my guide from sin,
My life, my trust, my light divine,
To keep me pure within.

Pure as the air, when day’s first light
A cloudless sky illumes,
And active as the lark that soars
Till heaven shines round its plumes.

So may my soul, upon the wings
Of faith, unwearied rise,
Till at the gate of heaven it sings,
’Midst light from Paradise.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #551

Text Information

First Line: Be thou, O God, by night, by day
Source: Chapel Hymns


Be Thou, O God, by night, by day. [Morning.] This anonymous hymn, which is given in many American collections, has not been traced beyond Cheever's American Commonplace Book of Poetry, N. Y. 1831. It is in the Plymouth Collection, 1855; Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864; and others, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, but always as "Anon.” [William T. Brooke]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 23 of 23)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Book of Hymns and Tunes: for the Sunday-School, the Congregation and Home: 2nd ed. #83Page Scan
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #551Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #551Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #610Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #95Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #95Page Scan
Cottage Melodies; a hymn and tune book, for prayer and social meetings and the home circle #399Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d13
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d45
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #599Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #599Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #414Page Scan
Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d22
Melodies and Hymns for Divine Service in Appleton Chapel #d4
National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #190Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1302Page Scan
Selected Hymns for the Use of Children in Families or Sunday School #d13
Songs for the School Room #d8
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1302Page Scan
The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d42
The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d41
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #636Page Scan
The Gospel Hymnal #d50