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The Day Thou Gavest

The day thou gavest, Lord, has ended, the darkness falls at thy behest

To thee our morning hymns ascended, thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

 

We thank thee that thy church unsleeping, while earth rolls onward into light

Through all the world her watch is keeping, and rests not now by day or night.

 

As o'er each continent and island the dawn leads on another day,

the voice of prayer is never silent, nor dies the strain of praise away.

 

The sun that bids us rest is waking thy faithful 'neath the western sky,

and hour by hour fresh lips are making thy wondrous doings heard on high.

 

So be it, Lord! Thy throne shall never, like earth's proud empires, pass away,

thy kingdom stands and grows forever till all thy creatures own thy sway.

 

text: John Ellerton

music: Clement Cotterill Scholefield

performed by: Andrew Twiddy & Holly Davies