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Valete

 

(8.8.8.8.8.8.)

Composed for “Church Hymns, with Tunes”, S.P.C.K., 1874.

1 Sweet Saviour! bless us ere we go;   2 The day is done, its hours have run;
    Thy word into our minds instil,       And Thou hast taken count of all,
  And make our lukewarm hearts to glow     The scanty triumphs grace hath won,
    With lowly love and fervent will.       The broken vow, the frequent fall.
 
Through life’s long day, and death’s
  dark night,
O gentle Jesu, be our Light.
   
Through life’s long day, and death’s
  dark night,
O gentle Jesu, be our Light.
             
3 Do more than pardon; give us joy,   4 All toil is blest, for Thou hast toiled,
    Sweet fear, and sober liberty,       And care is light, for Thou hast cared.
  And simple hearts without alloy,     Let not our works by strife be spoiled,
    That only long to be like Thee.       Or by deceit our hearts ensnared.
 
Through life’s long day, and death’s
  dark night,
O gentle Jesu, be our Light.
   
Through life’s long day, and death’s
  dark night,
O gentle Jesu, be our Light.
             
5 For all we love, the poor, the sad,
  6 Sweet Saviour! bless us: night is come,
    The sinful, unto Thee we call;
      Through night and darkness near us be;
  O let Thy mercy make us glad:
    Good Angels watch about our home,
    Thou art our Jesus, and our All.       And we are one day nearer Thee!
 
Through life’s long day, and death’s
  dark night,
O gentle Jesu, be our Light.
   
Through life’s long day, and death’s
  dark night,
O gentle Jesu, be our Light.

Frederick William Faber, 1814 - 63..

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