The Duteous Day Now Closeth

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Melody - "Innsbruck", German from c. 1539; arr. by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
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From "Nun ruhen alle Wälder", Paul Gerhardt, 1648; paraphrased into English by Robert Bridges, 1899

The duteous day now closeth,
Each flower and tree reposeth,
Shade creeps o'er wild and wood:
Let us, as night is falling,
On God our Maker calling,
Give thanks to Him, the Giver good.
2. Now all the heav'nly splendor
Breaks forth in starlight tender
From myriad worlds unknown;
And man, the marvel seeing,
Forgets his selfish being,
For joy of beauty not his own.
3. Awhile his mortal blindness
May miss God's loving kindness,
And grope in faithless strife:
But when life's day is over
Shall death's fair night discover
The fields of everlasting life.

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