Now God be with us, for the night is closing (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-18)  CPDL #52663:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Now God be with us, for the night is closing
Tune: Horeb
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Catherine Winkworth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 11 5

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 224, p. 141

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Original text and translations

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1 Now God be with us, for the night is closing;
The light and darkness are of His disposing,
And 'neath His shadow here to rest we yield us,
For He will shield us.

2 Let evil thoughts and spirits flee before us;
Till morning cometh, watch, O Father, o'er us;
In soul and body Thou from harm defend us
Thine angels send us.

3 Let holy thoughts be ours when sleep o'ertakes us;
Our earliest thoughts be Thine when morning wakes us;
All day serve Thee; in all that we are doing
Thy praise pursuing.

4 We have no refuge; none on earth to aid us
Save Thee, O Father, who Thine own hast made us;
But Thy dear Presence will not leave them lonely,
Who seek Thee only.

5 Father, Thy name be praised, Thy kingdom given,
Thy will be done on earth as 'tis in heaven;
Keep us in life, forgive our sins, deliver
Us now and ever