Now that the day hath reached its close

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1 Now that the day hath reached its close,
The sun doth shine no more,
In sleep the toil-worn find repose
And all who wept before.

2 But Thou, my God, dost never sleep,
For Thou Thyself art Light;
No darkness, howsoever deep,
Can dim Thy perfect sight.

3 Therefore, O Lord, remember me
Thro'-out the gloom of night.
Protect Thou me most graciously
And shield me with Thy might.

4 Keep Satan's fury far from me
By many an angel arm;
Then shall I be from worry free
And safe from every harm.

5 I know the evil I have done
Doth cry aloud to Thee;
But yet in mercy Thy dear Son
Hath full atoned for me.

6 In Him accepted I shall be
When suppliant at Thy feet.
He is my Surety and my Plea
Before Thy judgment seat.

7 And so I close my weary eyes,
Sweet peace within my breast.
Why toss about in fears or sighs?
God watches while I rest.

8 Should this night prove the last for me
In this sad vale of cares,
Then lead me, Lord, to dwell with Thee
And all Thy chosen heirs.

9 And thus I live and die to Thee,
Strong Lord of hosts indeed.
In life, in death, deliver me
From every fear and need.


Source: The Lutheran Hymnal #561

Author: Johann Friedrich Hertzog

Hertzog, Johann Friedrich, LL.D., son of Johann Hertzog, diaconus of the Church of the Holy Cross, in Dresden, was born at Dresden, June 6, 1647. After the completion of his legal studies at the University of Wittenberg, he was, from 1671 to 1674, tutor to the sons of General-Lieutenant von Arnim. In 1674 he returned to Dresden to practise as an advocate, where he died March 21, 1699 (Koch, iii. 361-63; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 251). The only hymn by him which has been translated into English is:— Nun sich der Tag geendet hat, Und keine Sonn mehr scheint. [Evening.] Fischer, ii. 129, says that, according to the testimony of Hertzog's brother, this hymn was written one evening in 1670 while the author was still a student at W… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now that the day hath reached its close
Author: Johann Friedrich Hertzog


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