Now With The Fast-Departing Light

This hymn is used for Compline throughout the year.

Now with the fast-departing light,
Maker of all! we ask of Thee,
Of thy great mercy, through the night
Our guardian and defence to be.

Far off let idle visions fly;
No phantom of the night molest:
Curb thou our raging enemy,
That we in chaste repose may rest.

Father of mercies! hear our cry;
Hear us, O sole-begotten Son!
Who, with the Holy Ghost most high,
Reignest while endless ages run.

Words: Latin, ca. 6th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1649.
Tune:Te Lucis Ante Terminum” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.

The Latin text of this hymn may be found here.


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