Glory to thee, my God, this night (Thomas Tallis)
- Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2022-07-05). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 157 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: With Ravenscroft's and Tallis' harmony, and a double choir arrangement (Arranged by Adrian Wall) for the final verse.
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-02). Score information: A4, 1 page, 38 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-02). Score information: A4, 1 page, 74 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
Title: Glory to thee, my God, this night
Composer: Thomas Tallis
Tune: Tallis's Canon
Lyricist: Thomas Ken
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 10
Description: Shortened by Thomas Ravenscroft and known as Tallis' canon
Original text and translations
Glory to thee, my God, this night
for all the blessings of the light;
keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
beneath thy own almighty wings.
Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
the ill that I this day have done,
that with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
Teach me to live, that I may dread
the grave as little as my bed;
teach me to die, that so I may
rise glorious at the aweful day.
O may my soul on thee repose,
and may sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
sleep that may me more vigorous make
to serve my God when I awake.
When in the night I sleepless lie,
my soul with heavenly thoughts supply;
let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
no powers of darkness me molest.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
praise him, all creatures here below,
praise him above, angelic host,
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.