Before the ending of the day

Before the ending of the day Creator of the world, we pray (Neale)

Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose; Translator: J. M. Neale (1852)
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1 Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray,
that with thy wonted favour thou
wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

2 From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
from nightly fears and fantasies;
tread under foot our ghostly foe,
that no pollution we may know.

3 O Father, that we ask be done,
through Jesus Christ thine only Son,
who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #12

Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose

Ambrose (b. Treves, Germany, 340; d. Milan, Italy, 397), one of the great Latin church fathers, is remembered best for his preaching, his struggle against the Arian heresy, and his introduction of metrical and antiphonal singing into the Western church. Ambrose was trained in legal studies and distinguished himself in a civic career, becoming a consul in Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan, an Arian, died in 374, the people demanded that Ambrose, who was not ordained or even baptized, become the bishop. He was promptly baptized and ordained, and he remained bishop of Milan until his death. Ambrose successfully resisted the Arian heresy and the attempts of the Roman emperors to dominate the church. His most famous convert and disciple w… Go to person page >

Translator: J. M. Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Before the ending of the day Creator of the world, we pray (Neale)
Title: Before the ending of the day
Latin Title: Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Translator: J. M. Neale (1852)
Author (attributed to): St. Ambrose
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Ancient and Modern #12


Christian Worship #595

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #66

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Common Praise #13


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #61

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #6

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #276a

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #276b

Hymns Old and New #57


Lutheran Service Book #889


Lutheran Worship #489


The Cyber Hymnal #417

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The New English Hymnal #241

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