Darkening night the land doth cover (Louis Bourgeois)
- Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-03-04). Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 61 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Amen is from William Byrd's "Ave verum" and can be omitted.
Title: Darkening night the land doth cover
Composer: Louis Bourgeois
Original text and translations
Dark'ning night the land doth cover;
Day is over:
We give thanks, O Thou most High,
While with wonted hymn we adore Thee,
And implore Thee,
For the light that doth not die
Like a day our short life hasteth:
Soon it wasteth:
Cometh surely its sad eve:
O do Thou that eve enlighten,
Save and brighten:
Nor old age of joy bereave:
Come no pain nor pity near it:
Bless and cheer it,
That in peace we our peace win:
As Thou wilt, do Thou us gather,
Only without shame and sin.
Now we pray for rest that sleeping
in Thy keeping,
We may joy in the sun's ray.
So thro' death's last darkness take us,
So awake us
To heaven's everlasting day.