Lo, at noon 'tis sudden night. Ann Gilbert, née Taylor. [Good Friday.] From Hymns for Infant Minds, 1810, No. 25, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, and entitled "Jesus Christ came into the world to gave sinners” (ed. 1886, p. 63). This is a kindred hymn to her "Jesus, Who lived above the sky," and is quoted in her Memorials, 1874, as an example of beautiful simplicity and accuracy (vol. i. p. 224). It has attained to a good position amongst hymns of established worth, is in extensive use, and is one of the most popular of Mrs. Gilbert's compositions.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)