Across the Sky the Shades of Night   1 comment

Stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Words by James Hamilton (1819-1896), a priest of The Church of England


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 at last

With those who’ve gone before us.

4.  We gather up in this brief hour

The mem’ry of Thy mercies;

Thy wondrous goodness, love, and pow’r

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, O great God, in years to come,

Whatever may betide us,

Night 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.

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