Interval of grateful shade

Representative Text

1 Interval of grateful shade,
Welcome to my weary head!
Welcome, slumber, to my eyes,
Tir'd with glaring vanities.

2 My great Master still allows
Needful periods of repose:
By my heav'nly Father blest,
Thus, I give y pow'rs to rest.

3 Heav'nly Father! gracious name!
Night and day his love the same!
Far be each suspicious thought,
Ev'ry anxious care forgot!

4 Thou my ever-bounteous God!
Crown'st my days with various good.
Thy kind eye, which cannot sleep,
My defenseless hours shall keep.

5 What if death my sleep invade?
Should I be of death afraid?
While encircled by thine arm,
Death may strike, but cannot harm.

6 With thy heav'nly presence blest,
Death is life, and labour rest.
Welcome sleep or death to me,
Still secure, for still with thee!



Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #408

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Interval of grateful shade
Author: Philip Doddridge

Notes

Interval of grateful shade. P. Doddridge. [Evening.] In the "Doddridge Manuscript" this hymn is given in full, but without date. In 1755, it was included in Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, as the second of the "Hymns on Particular Occasions and in Uncommon Measures," being No. ccclxiii. of the volume, in 70 lines, and entitled "An Evening Hymn, to be used when composing oneself to sleep." It is also in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, 1839, No. 309. In 1812, Dr. Collyer gave the complete hymn in his Collection, dividing the same, as in Doddridge's Hymns, into three parts, and using each part as a separate hymn. He also divided the unbroken lines of the original into stanzas. The three hymns thus made were:—
"Interval of grateful shade."
“What though downy [peaceful] slumbers flee."
“What if death my sleep invade."
This arrangement was repeated in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, Nos. 489, 490, 491, in Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1835, No. 827, and other collections. In this manner these three hymns were handed down to modern collections. A cento from the poem is also in common use. It begins: "Heavenly Father, gracious Name."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns #368

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #408

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #408

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #408

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #55

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #55

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #55

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #55

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #55

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #55

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #605

A Selection of Hymns #d147

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #605

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #605

Chapel Hymns #d273

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d456

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Church Chorals and Choir Studies #143

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Church Poetry #230a

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Church Psalmist #P121e

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Church Psalmist #P121e

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Church Psalmist #P121e

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d139

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #98

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a98

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #949

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #949

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Hymns for Church and Home #350

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Hymns of the Church Militant #356

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Parish Hymns #37

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H701

The Bible Hymn Book #d107

The Book of Praise #d143

The Christian Psalter #d272

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The Disciples' Hymn Book #11

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The Gospel Psalmist #651

The School Psalter #d139

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #440

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