Now That the daylight fills the sky

Representative Text

1 Now that the daylight fills the sky,
we lift our hearts to God on high,
that he, in all we do or say,
would keep us free from harm today.

2 May he restrain our tongues from strife,
and shield from anger’s din our life,
and guard with watchful care our eyes
from earth’s absorbing vanities.

3 O may our inmost hearts be pure,
from thoughts of folly kept secure,
and pride of sinful flesh subdued
through sparing use of daily food.

4 So we, when this day’s work is o’er,
and shades of night return once more,
our path of trial safely trod,
shall give the glory to our God.

5 All praise to God the Father be,
all praise, Eternal Son, to thee,
whom with the Spirit we adore
for ever and for evermore.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #6

Author: St. Ambrose

Ambrose (b. Treves, Germany, 340; d. Milan, Italy, 397), one of the great Latin church fathers, is remembered best for his preaching, his struggle against the Arian heresy, and his introduction of metrical and antiphonal singing into the Western church. Ambrose was trained in legal studies and distinguished himself in a civic career, becoming a consul in Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan, an Arian, died in 374, the people demanded that Ambrose, who was not ordained or even baptized, become the bishop. He was promptly baptized and ordained, and he remained bishop of Milan until his death. Ambrose successfully resisted the Arian heresy and the attempts of the Roman emperors to dominate the church. His most famous convert and disciple w… Go to person page >

Translator: J. M. Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now that the daylight fills the sky
Title: Now That the daylight fills the sky
Latin Title: Jam Lucis Orto Sidere
Author: St. Ambrose
Translator: J. M. Neale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


JAM LUCIS (11111)


WARRINGTON was composed by Ralph Harrison (b. Chinley, Derbyshire, England, 1748; d. Manchester, Lancashire, England, 1810) and published in his collection of psalm tunes, Sacred Harmony (1784). The tune's rising inflections help to accent words such as erotic (probably the only time this word has b…

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