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Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow

"Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow"

by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

Text From:


(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 393-394


1. Now rest beneath night's shadow

The woodland, field, and meadow,

The world in slumber lies;

But Thou, my heart, awake thee,

To prayer and song betake thee;

Let praise to thy Creator rise.

2. The radiant sun hath vanished,

His golden rays are banished

By night, the foe of day;

But Christ, the Sun of gladness,

Dispelling all my sadness,

Within my heart holds constant sway.

3. The rule of day is over

And shining jewels cover

The heaven's boundless blue.

Thus I shall shine in heaven,

Where crowns of gold are given

To all who faithful prove and true.

4. To rest my body hasteth,

Aside its garments casteth,

Types of mortality;

These I put off and ponder

How Christ will give me yonder

A robe of glorious majesty.

5. Lord Jesus, who dost love me,

Oh, spread Thy wings above me

And shield me from alarm!

Though evil would assail me,

Thy mercy will not fail me:

I rest in Thy protecting arm.

6. My loved ones, rest securely,

For God this night will surely

From peril guard your heads.

Sweet slumbers may He send you

And bid His hosts attend you

And through the night watch o'er your beds.



Hymn #554 from The Handbook to The Lutheran Hymnal

Text: Ps. 139: 11

Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1648, cento

Translated by: composite

Titled: Nun ruhen alle Waelder

Composer: Heinrich Isaak, c. 1490

Tune: O Welt, ich muss dich lassen