"Across the Sky the Shades of Night"
                           by James Hamilton, 1819-?
                                  Text From:
              (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.90

        1. Across the sky the shades of night
        This New Year's Eve are fleeting.
        We deck Thine altar, Lord, with light,
        In solemn worship meeting;
        And as the year's last hours go by,
        We raise to Thee our earnest cry,
        Once more Thy love entreating.

        2. Before the cross subdued we bow,
        To Thee our prayers addressing,
        Recounting all Thy mercies now,
        And all our sins confessing;
        Beseeching Thee this coming year
        To keep us in Thy faith and fear
        And crown us with Thy blessing.

        3. And while we pray, we lift our eyes
        To dear ones gone before us,
        Safe home with Thee in Paradise,
        Whose peace descendeth o'er us;
        And beg of Thee, when life is past,
        To reunite us all at last
        With those who've gone before us.

        4. We gather up in this brief hour
        The memory of Thy mercies:
        Thy wondrous goodness, love, and power
        Our grateful song rehearses;
        For Thou hast been our Strength and Stay
        In many a dark and dreary day
        Of sorrow and reverses.

        5. In many an hour when fear and dread,
        Like evil spells, have bound us
        And clouds were gathering overhead,
        Thy providence hath found us.
        In many a night when seas ran high,
        Thy gracious presence, drawing nigh,
        Hath made all calm around us.

        6. Then, 0 great God, in years to come,
        Whatever may betide us,
        Right onward through our journey home
        Be Thou at hand to guide us;
        Nor leave us till at close of life
        Safe from all perils, toil, and strife,
        Heaven shall enfold and hide us.

Notes: Hymn #110 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 121:1 Author: James Hamilton, 1883 Composer: Nikolaus Decius, 1539, asc. Tune: "Allein Gott in der Hoeh'"
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