Scripture Verse

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


Thomas Ken

Words: Tho­mas Ken, cir­ca 1674.

Music: Tal­lis’ Can­on Tho­mas Tal­lis, in The Whole Psal­ter Trans­lat­ed in­to Eng­lish Metre, by Mat­thew Par­ker, 1560 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Tallis’ Ev­en­ing Hymn Tho­mas Tal­lis (1505–1585) (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • Vesper Hymn (Ev­er­ett) Asa B. Ev­er­ett, in the Wes­ley­an Hymn and Tune Book (Nash­ville Ten­nes­see: Sou­thern Me­tho­dist Pub­lish­ing House, 1859), page 29 (🔊 pdf nwc)
Thomas Tallis


All praise to Thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light!
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.

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 may be.

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 judgment day.

O may my soul on Thee repose,
And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
Sleep that may me more vigorous make
To serve my God when I awake.

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.

O when shall I, in endless day,
For ever chase dark sleep away,
And hymns divine with angels sing,
All praise to Thee, eternal King?

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.