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.