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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