The day does now dark night dispel;
Dear Christians, wake and rouse you well,
Give glory to God our Lord.
Once more the daylight shines abroad,
O brethren, let us praise the Lord,
Whose grace and mercy thus have kept
The nightly watch while we have slept.
To Him let us together pray
With all our heart and soul to-day,
That He would keep us in His love,
And all our guilt and sin remove.
Eternal God! Almighty Friend,
Whose deep compassions have no end,
Whose never-failing strength and might
Have kept us safely through the night:
Now send us from Thy heavenly throne
Thy grace and help through Christ Thy Son,
That with Thy strength our hearts may glow,
And fear nor man nor ghostly foe.
Lord God! oh, hear us, we implore!
Be Thou our Guardian evermore,
Our mighty Champion and our Shield
That goeth with us to the field.
We offer up ourselves to Thee,
That heart and word and deed may be
In all things guided by Thy mind,
And in Thine eyes acceptance find.
Thus, Lord, we bring, through Christ Thy Son,
Our morning offering to Thy throne;
Now be Thy precious gift outpour’d,
And help us for Thine honour, Lord!
The Chorale Book for England, 1863
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)