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The hours of day are over

The hours of day are over

Author: John Ellerton
Published in 31 hymnals

Representative Text

1 The hours of day are over,
The evening calls us home;
Once more to Thee, O Father,
With thankful hearts we come.
For all Thy countless blessings
We praise Thy holy Name,
And own Thy love unchanging,
Through days and years the same.

2 For this, O Lord, we bless Thee,
For this we thank Thee most:
The cleansing of the sinful,
The saving of the lost,
The Teacher ever present,
The Friend for ever nigh,
The home prepared by Jesus
For us above the sky.

3 Lord, gather all Thy children
To meet Thee there at last,
When earthly tasks are ended,
And earthly days are past;
With all our dear ones round us
In that eternal home,
Where death no more shall part us,
And night shall never come.


Source: Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #575

Author: John Ellerton

John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884). Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The hours of day are over
Author: John Ellerton


The hours of work are over. Altered from "The hours of school are over," p. 1152, ii.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Instances (1 - 31 of 31)

A Church of England Hymn Book #603

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #26

Children's Praise and Worship #d159

Church Hymns with Tunes #580

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Church Hymns #207

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Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church #575

Heart and Voice #d251

Heart and Voice #d254

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d713

Hymns and Tunes for Children of the Church #d187

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In Excelsis #83

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In Excelsis #a83

Junior Church School Hymnal #d152

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Manual for the chapel of Girard College #217

Modern Festival Music, Book 3 #d8

Plymouth Sunday-School Hymnal #d183

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Praise Songs, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes #24

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S. Mary's hymnal #19

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Sparkling and Bright #106

Sunday School Hymns and Tunes #d91

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The Book of Worship #52

The Children's Hymnal #d196

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The Church Hymnal #598

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The Church Hymnary #843

The Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations #d464

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The Lutheran Hymnary #567

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The New Laudes Domini #132

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #193

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Voices of Praise #23

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