1. Now the day is over, Night is drawing nigh, Shadows of the evening Steal across the sky. 2. Now the darkness gathers, Stars begin to peep, Birds, and beasts and flowers Soon will be asleep. 3. Jesus, give the weary Calm and sweet repose; With Thy tenderest blessing May mine eyelids close. 4. Grant to little children Visions bright of Thee; Guard the sailors tossing On the deep, blue sea. 5. Comfort those who suffer, Watching late in pain; Those who plan some evil From their sin restrain. 6. Through the long night watches May Thine angels spread Their white wings above me, Watching round my bed. 7. When the morning wakens, Then may I arise Pure, and fresh, and sinless In Thy holy eyes. 8. Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son, And to Thee, blest Spirit, While all ages run.
Music: Joseph Barnby
Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834–1924
“Now the Day is Over” was written by Sabine Baring-Gould (composer of “Onward, Christian Soldiers”). The author, a minister in the Anglican church, was recognized as one of England’s most prolific writers of his time. Baring-Gould wrote this charming text for the children of his parish at Horbury Bridge, near Wakefield, England. It was based on Proverbs 3:24—“When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid; yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.” The hymn first appeared in the Church Times on March 16, 1865. It is still a favorite hymn with children everywhere.