The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Across The Sky The Shades Of Night

For the New Year

Words: James Hamilton, 1882

Music: "Es Ist Das Heil"
Meter: 87 87 887

Source: Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #456

1. Across the sky the shades of night
    This winter's eve are fleeting;
We seek Thee, everlasting Light,
    In solemn worship meeting;
And as the year's last hours go by
We lift to Thee our earnest cry,
    Once more Thy love entreating.

2. Before the cross, subdued we bow,
    To Thee our prayers addressing;
Recounting all Thy mercies now,
    And all our sins confessing;
Beseeching Thee, this coming year,
To hold us in Thy faith and fear,
    And crown us with Thy blessing.

3. In many an hour, when fear and dread,
    Like evil spells have bound us,
And clouds were gathering overhead,
    Thy providence hath found us;
In many a night when waves ran high,
Thy gracious presence drawing nigh
    Hath made all calm around us.

4. And, while we kneel, we lift our eyes
    To dear ones gone before us;
Safe housed with Thee in paradise,
    Their spirits hovering o'er us;
And beg of Thee, when life is past,
To re-unite us all at last,
    And to our lost restore us.

5. Then, O great God, in years to come,
    Whatever fate betide us,
Right onward through our journey home
    Be Thou at hand to guide us,
Nor leave us till, at close of life,
Safe from all perils, toil and strife,
    Heaven shall enfold and hide us.

Sheet Music "Es Ist Das Heil" from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #456.

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