Sweet Saviour Bless Us Ere We Go

This is Fr. Faber’s full, original text from an 1852 edition of Jesus and Mary. It was Listed under “An Evening Hymn at the Oratory” in that hymnal:

Sweet Saviour! bless us ere we go;
Thy word into our minds instill;
And make our lukewarm hearts to glow
With lowly love and fervent will.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light!

The day is done; its hours have run;
And Thou hast taken count of all,—
The scanty triumphs grace hath won,
The broken vow, the frequent fall.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light!

Grant us, dear Lord! from evil ways
True absolution and release;
And bless us more than in past days
With purity and inward peace.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light!

Do more than pardon; give us joy,
Sweet fear and sober liberty,
And simple hearts without alloy,
That only long to be like Thee.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light!

Labour is sweet, for Thou hast toiled,
And care is light, for Thou hast cared;
Ah! never let our works he soiled
With strife, or by deceit ensnared.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light !

For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sinful,–unto Thee we call;
O let Thy mercy make us glad;
Thou art our Jesus and our All!
Through life‘s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light!

Sweet Saviour! bless us; night is come;
Mary and Philip near us be;
Good Angels watch about our home;
And we are one day nearer Thee!
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light!

Words: Fr. Frederic William Faber, C.O., 1849.
Tune:In Tenebris Lumen” John B. Dykes, 1875.
Alternate Tune:Lodsworth” traditional English melody.
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in Hymns Ancient & Modern (1867):

Sweet Saviour, bless us ere we go;
Thy Word into our minds instil;
And make our lukewarm hearts to glow
With lowly Love and fervent will.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
О gentle Jesus, be our Light!

The day is gone, its hours have run,
And Thou hast taken count of all,
The scanty triumphs Grace hath won,
The broken vow, the frequent fall,
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus, be our Light!

Grant us, dear Lord, from evil ways
True absolution and release;
And bless us, more than in past days,
With purity and inward peace.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus, be our Light!

Do more than pardon, give us joy,
Sweet fear, and sober liberty,
And simple hearts without alloy,
That only long to be like Thee.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark
O gentle Jesus, be our Light!

Labour is sweet, for Thou hast toiled;
And care is light, for Thou hast cared;
Ah! never let our works be soiled
With strife, or by deceit ensnared.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus, be our Light!

For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sinful, unto Thee we call;
O let Thy mercy make us glad
Thou art our Jesus, and our Аll.
Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gentle Jesus, be our Light! Amen.

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About Noah

musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
This entry was posted in Evening, Frederick W. Faber, Hymns By The Greats, Jesus Christ Our Lord, Nighttime, Penitential Hymns, The Christian Life And Mission, The Divine Mercy, Times of Day. Bookmark the permalink.

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