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Lord Jesus, in the days of old

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1 Lord Jesus, in the days of old,
Two walked with Thee by waning light,
And love's blind instinct made them bold
To crave Thy presence through the night;
As night descends, we too would pray
O leave us not at close of day.

2 Day is far spent and night is nigh;
Stay with us, Saviour, through the night;
Talk with us, teach us tenderly,
Lead us to peace, to rest, to light;
Dispel our darkness with Thy face,
Radiant with resurrection grace.

3 The hours of day are glad and good,
And good thy gifts Thy hand bestows
The body's health, the spirit's food,
And rest, and after rest repose.
We would not lose day's golden gains,
So stay with us as daylight wanes.

4 Nor this night only, blessed Lord;
We every day and every hour
Would walk with Thee Emmausward,
To hear Thy voice of love and power;
And every night would by Thy side
Look, listen, and be satisfied.

Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #213

Author: James Ashcroft Noble

Noble, James Ashcroft, was born at Liverpool in 1844, and came to London in 1881. He was then for eight years at Birkdale, Lanes., but returned to London in 1892, and died April 3, 1896, at Wandsworth Common. He was a well-known essayist, and contributed to the Spectator, the Academy, and other literary papers. In 1887 he published Verses of a Prose Writer, simple and unambitious, but with the breath of true poetry. In the section entitled "Poems of the Inner Life" there are two hymns written in 1886 for the elder (2) and younger (1) girls at Wintersdorf, a girl's school at Birkdale, where he used to lecture on English literature:— 1. God of beauty, Thou hast spread. [Beauty of Nature.] 1887, p. 92, as "A Hymn of Beauty, written for… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Jesus, in the days of old
Author: James Ashcroft Noble
Language: English




Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…

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Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825). The tune is suppo…

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