We ask for donations here just twice a year. Before you hit the "close" button, would you please consider a gift to keep Hymnary.org going? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do. Last year, Hymnary had 11.3 million users from 243 countries around the globe, people like you who love hymns! To serve our many, many users well takes money, and we have limited sources of revenue. This fund drive is one such source. You can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or you can click the Donate button below. From the entire Hymnary.org team, our grateful thanks.

Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow

Representative Text

1 Now rest beneath night's shadow
The woodland, field and meadow:
The world in slumber lies;
But thou, my heart, awake thee,
To prayer and song betake thee,
Let praise to thy Creator rise.

2 Lord Jesus, who dost love me,
O spread Thy wings above me,
And shield me from alarm;
Tho' Satan would devour me,
Let angel-guards sing o'er me:
"This child of God shall meet no harm."

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #986

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Paul Gerhardt (b. Gräfenheinichen, Saxony, Germany, 1607; d. Lubben, Germany, 1676), famous author of Lutheran evangelical hymns, studied theology and hymnody at the University of Wittenberg and then was a tutor in Berlin, where he became friends with Johann Crüger. He served the Lutheran parish of Mittenwalde near Berlin (1651-1657) and the great St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin (1657-1666). Friederich William, the Calvinist elector, had issued an edict that forbade the various Protestant groups to fight each other. Although Gerhardt did not want strife between the churches, he refused to comply with the edict because he thought it opposed the Lutheran "Formula of Concord," which con­demned some Calvinist doctrines. Consequently, he was r… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now rest beneath night's shadows, Man, beast, wood, town and meadows
Title: Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow
German Title: Nun ruhen alle Wälder
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 31 of 31)
TextPage Scan

American Lutheran Hymnal #572

Armed Forces Hymnal. Catholic Supplement #d59

Book of Hymns for the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin and Other States #d172

Chorales for Unchanged Voices #d19

TextPage Scan

Christian Hymns #206

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d299

TextPage Scan

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #33

TextPage Scan

Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #301

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d229

Forty-Six Chorales #d28

Hymn Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Schools and Congregations #d78

TextPage Scan

Hymn Book #88

Hymnal for Church, School and Home #d104

Page Scan

Hymnal for Evangelical Lutheran Missions #158

Page Scan

Lutheran Hymnal for the Sunday School #38

Lutheran Sunday School Hymnal. 9th ed. #d135

Our Songs of Praise #d97

Songs of Praise #d209

Songs of Praise for Sunday Schools, Church Societies and the Home #d214

Sunday School Hymnal #d277

The Annex #d62

The Children's Hymnal #d187


The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #986

The New Alphabetical Hymnal #d265

The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) #d507

Page Scan

The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) (2nd ed) #163a

The Selah Song Book. Word ed. #d251

TextPage Scan

Wartburg Hymnal #65

Youth Inspiral #d63

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.