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.