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Softly the silent night

Softly the silent night

Author: Ambrose N. Blatchford
Published in 21 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Softly the silent night
Falleth from God,
On weary wanderers,
Over life’s road;
And as the stars on high,
Light up the dark’ning sky,
Lord, unto thee we cry—
Father above.

2 Slowly on falling wing
Daylight has passed;
Sleep like an angel kind
Folds us at last;
Peace be our lot tonight,
Safe be our slumber light,
Watch’d by thy angels bright,
Father above.

3 And when the gleam of morn
Touches our eyes,
And the returning day
Bids us arise—
Happy beneath thy will,
Steadfast in joy or ill,
Lord, may we serve thee still,
Father above.

Source: The Service of Praise #23

Author: Ambrose N. Blatchford

Blatchford, Ambrose Nichols, B.A., born at Plymouth, 1842, and educated for the Unitarian Ministry at Manchester New College, London. He also graduated at the London University as B.A. In 1866, he became junior colleague to the late Rev. William James, Minister of Lewin's Mead Meeting, Bristol, and on the death of Mr. James, in 1876, the sole pastor. Mr. Blatchford's hymns were written for the Sunday School anniversary services at Lewin's Mead Meeting, on the dates given below, and were adapted to existing melodies. They were first printed as fly-leaves and include:— 1. A gladsome hymn of praise we sing. Praise. 1876. 2. Awake to the duty, prepare for the strife. Duty. 1878. 3. Lord, without Thy constant blessing. Divine Help. 1… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Softly the silent night
Author: Ambrose N. Blatchford
Refrain First Line: Father above



The Cyber Hymnal #6351
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The Cyber Hymnal #6351

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