"Now that the Day Hath Reached Its Close"
by Johann F. Hertzog, 1647-1699
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.400
1. Now that the day has reached its close,
The sun doth shine no more,
In sleep the toil-worn find repose
And all who wept before.
2. But Thou, my God, dost never sleep,
For Thou Thyself art Light;
No darkness, howsoever deep,
Can dim Thy perfect sight.
3. Therefore, O Lord, remember me
Throughout the gloom of night,
Protect Thou me most graciously
And shield me with Thy might.
4. Keep satan's fury far from me
By many an angel arm;
Then shall I be from worry free
And safe from every harm.
5. I know the evil I have done
Doth cry aloud to Thee;
But yet in mercy Thy dear Son
Hath full atoned for me.
6. In Him accepted I shall be
When suppliant at Thy feet,
He is my Surety and my Plea
Before Thy judgment-seat.
7. And so I close my weary eyes,
Sweet peace within my breast,
Why toss about in fears or sighs?
God watches while I rest.
8. Should this night prove the last for me
In this sad vale of cares,
Then lead me, Lord, to dwell with Thee
And all Thy chosen heirs.
9. And thus I live and die to Thee,
Strong Lord of hosts indeed.
In life, in death, deliver me
From every fear and need.
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Hymn #561 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 139:12
Author: Johann F. Hertzog, 1670, ab.
St. 9, author unknown, 1693
Translated by: composite
Titled: "Nun sich der Tag geendet hat"
Composer: Adam Krieger, 1667
Tune: "Nun sich der Tag geendet hat"
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