The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

All Praise To Thee, My God, This Night

A Cento of the Evening Hymn of Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711), 1712

The Original Text: All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night

Music: "Tallis' Canon" by Thomas Tallis, first published in 1732
Meter: LM

1. All praise to thee, my God, this night
For all the blessings of the light.
Keep me, oh, keep me, King of kings,
Beneath thine own almighty wings.

2. Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
The ill that I this day have done;
That with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace my be.

3. Teach me to live that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die that so I may
Rise glorious at the awesome day.

4. Oh, may my soul in thee repose,
And may sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
Sleep that shall me more vigorous make
To serve my god when I awake!

5. When in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heavenly thoughts supply;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
No powers of darkness me molest.

6. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Sheet Music "Tallis's Evening Hymn" from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #362.


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