When Shades Of Night Around Us Close

This hymn was used for Compline on Sundays and Weekdays in Advent in the Paris Breviary (1736).

This is the text as it appears in  Hymns Ancient and Modern (1867):

When shades of night around us close,
And weary limbs in sleep repose,
The faithful soul awake may be,
And longing sigh, O Lord, to Thee.

Thou true Desire of nations, hear;
Thou Word of God, Thou Saviour dear,
In pity heed our humble cries,
And bid at length the fallen rise.

О come, Redeemer, come and free
Thine Own from guilt and misery;
The gates of Heaven again unfold,
Which Adam’s sin had closed of old.

All praise, Eternal Son, to Thee
Whose Advent doth Thy people free;
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost for evermore. Amen.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736; tr. compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861.
Tune: St. Gall Cantarium S. Galli, 1845.

The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.


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