Be thou, O God, by night, by day

Be thou, O God, by night, by day

Published in 23 hymnals

Representative 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

Notes

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)

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

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #551

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #610

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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #95

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A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #95

Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d13

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d45

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #599

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #599

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Hymns of the Spirit #414

Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d22

Melodies and Hymns for Divine Service in Appleton Chapel #d4

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National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #190

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1302

Selected Hymns for the Use of Children in Families or Sunday School #d13

Songs for the School Room #d8

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d42

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d41

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #636

The Gospel Hymnal #d50

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