Words: Thomas O. Summers (1812–1882).
My second child was born in 1847, and for her I wrote Published in Hymns for Schools and Families (Richmond, Virginia & Louisville, Kentucky: J. Early, 1853).
The Daylight Fades, as far as I can recollect, about 1849.
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The daylight fades, the evening shades
Are gathering round my head;
Father above, I praise that love
Which nightly guards my bed.
While Thou art near,
I need not fear,
The gloom of midnight hour;
Blest Jesus, still from every ill
Defend me with Thy power!
Pardon my sin, and enter in
To sanctify my heart;
Spirit divine, O make me Thine,
And ne’er from me depart!