The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In Night's Dim Shadows Lying

For Advent

Words: In Noctis Umbra Desides, Charles Coffin (1676-1749), Paris Breviary, 1736
Translation by W. J. Blew

Compare: When Shades Of Night Around Us Close

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 11

1. In night’s dim shadows lying,
Our limbs fast lock’d in sleep,
To thee, with faithful sighing,
Our souls their vigil keep.

2. Desire of every nation,
Hear, Lord, our piteous cry;
Thou Word, the world’s salvation,
Uplift us where we lie.

3. Lord, be thine Advent hasten’d,
Lest sin thy people mar;
The gates which Adam fasten’d—
The gates of heav’n, unbar.

4. Son, to thine endless merit,
Redeemer, Saviour, Friend,
With Sire and Holy Spirit
Be praises without end. Amen.

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