1 Father, by Thy love and power
Comes again the evening hour;
Light has vanished, labors cease,
Weary creatures rest in peace;
Thou, whose genial dews distill
On the lowliest weed that grows
Father, guard our couch from ill,
Lull Thy children to repose,
We to Thee ourselves resign;
Let our latest thoughts be Thine.
2 Savior, to Thy Father bear
This our feeble evening prayer;
Thou hast seen how oft today
We, like sheep, have gone astray;
Worldly thoughts, and thoughts of pride,
Wishes to Thy cross untrue,
Secret faults and undescried,
Meet Thy spirit-piercing view;
Blessèd Savior, yet, through Thee,
Grant that we may pardoned be.
3 Holy Spirit, breath of balm
Fall on us in evening’s calm;
Yet a while, before we sleep,
We with Thee will vigils keep;
Lead us on our sins to muse,
Give us truest penitence;
Then the love of God infuse,
Breathing humble confidence;
Melt our spirits, mold our will,
Soften, strengthen, comfort still.
4 Blessèd Trinity, be near,
Through the hours of darkness drear;
Then, when shrinks the lonely heart,
Thou more clearly present art;
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Watch o’er our defenseless heads;
Let Thy angels’ guardian host
Keep all evil from our beds,
Till the flood of morning rays
Wake us to a song of praise.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9992
"Blessed Trinity! be near Through the hours of darkness drear; When the help of man is far, Ye more clearly present are."The attempts which have been made to overcome the weakness of these lines have been many. The most important of these are:—
1. "Blessed Trinity, be near, Through the hours of darkness drear; Then, when shrinks the lonely heart, Thou more clearly present art."Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Appendix to Psalms & Hymns, 1869, their Church Hymns, 1871, and many others.
2. "Blessed Trinity, be near Through the. hours of darkness drear; Oh, enfold us in Thine arm, Screen from danger, save from harm." Hymnary, 1872.
3. "Blessed Trinity, be near Through the hour of darkness drear; Then when shrinks the lonely heart, Thou, O God, most present art."Hymnal Companion, 1870-76; Thring's Collection, 1882; Laudes Domini, N. Y. 1884, and others. Other arrangements of these lines are also given in some of the collections, but these are the most important. In addition there is also a re-arrangement of the text in the Cooko & Denton Church Hymnal, enlarged edition, 1855, No. 338, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines; and in the Rev. F. Pott's Hymns, &c, 1861, No. 23, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. In its various forms the use of this hymn is extensive. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)