Scripture Verse

Hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 17:8


Herbert S. Oakeley (1830–1903)

Words: Sam­uel Long­fel­low, Ves­pers 1859.

Music: Ab­ends Her­bert S. Oake­ley, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)


Again, as ev­en­ing’s sha­dow falls,
We ga­ther in these hal­lowed walls;
And ves­per hymn and ves­per pray­er
Rise ming­ling on the ho­ly air.

May strug­gling hearts that seek re­lease
Here find the rest of God’s own peace;
And, strength­ened here by hymn and pray­er,
Lay down the bur­den and the care.

O God, our light! to Thee we bow;
Within all sha­dows stand­est Thou;
Give deep­er calm than night can bring;
Give sweet­er songs than lips can sing.

Life’s tu­mult we must meet again,
We can­not at the shrine re­main;
But in the spir­it’s sec­ret cell
May hymn and pray­er for­ev­er dwell.