Christ My Song - 247
O Lord, who by thy presence hast made light - Evening
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
1. O Lord, who by thy presence hast made light
the heat and burden of the toilsome day,
be with me also in the silent night,
be with me when the daylight fades away.
As thou hast given me strength upon the way,
so deign at evening to become my guest,
as thou hast shared the labours of the day,
so also deign to share and bless my rest.
2. No step disturbs me, not a sound is heard,
I commune in my chamber and am still,
and muse with deep attention on thy word,
the faithful record of thy mind and will.
O speak a word of blessing, gracious Lord,
thy blessing is endued with soothing power;
on the poor heart, worn out with toil, thy word
falls soft and gentle as the evening shower.
3. How sad and cold, if thou be absent, Lord,
the evening leaves me, and my heart how dead!
But, if thy presence grace my humble board,
I seem with heavenly manna to be fed;
fraught with rich blessing, breathing sweet repose,
the calm of evening settles on my breast;
if thou be with me when my labours close,
no more is needed to complete my rest.
4. Come then, O Lord, and deign to be my guest
after the day's confusion, toil, and din,
O come to bring me peace, and joy, and rest,
to give salvation and to pardon sin.
Bind up the wounds, assuage the aching smart
left in my bosom from the day just past,
and let me on a Father's loving heart
forget my griefs, and find sweet rest at last.