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
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)