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Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadows

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1 Now rest beneath night's shadows
All woodlands, fields, and meadows,
The world in slumber lies.
But thou, my soul, awake thee,
To song and prayer betake thee
Let praise to thy Creator rise.

2 The rule of day is over,
And shining jewels cover
The sky above so blue.
Thus I shall shine in heaven,
Where crowns of gold are given
To all who faithful stay and true.

3 Ye members weak and tired,
Enjoy the rest desired,
The quiet sleep ye crave.
There comes a time for sleeping
In God's own faithful keeping,
When ye are bedded in your grave.

4 My tired eyes are closing,
And while I lie deep reposing,
Soul, body, where are ye?
To Thee be they commended,
O God, till night is ended;
Thy waking Eye watch over me!

5 Lord Jesus, who dost love me,
Thy pinions spread above me
And shield me well from harm.
Let angel guards attend me,
And from the foe defend me,
That I may rest without alarm.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #54

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gräfenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

Translator: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now rest beneath night's shadows All woodlands, fields, and meadows
Title: Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadows
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: Herman H. Brueckner
Language: English
Publication Date: 1927
Copyright: Public Domain



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