Scripture Verse

Under His wings you will find refuge…You will not fear the terror of night. Psalm 91:4–5


Sabine Baring-Gould (1834–1924)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: Sa­bine Bar­ing-Gould, in The Church Times, Feb­ru­ary 16, 1867.

Music: Mer­ri­al Jo­seph Barn­by, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Joseph Barnby (1838–1896)



Now the day is ov­er,
Night is draw­ing nigh,
Shadows of the ev­en­ing
Steal across the sky.

Now the dark­ness ga­thers,
Stars be­gin to peep,
Birds, and beasts and flow­ers
Soon will be asleep.

Jesus, give the wea­ry
Calm and sweet re­pose;
With Thy ten­der­est bless­ing
May mine eye­lids close.

Grant to lit­tle child­ren
Visions bright of Thee;
Guard the sail­ors toss­ing
On the deep, blue sea.

Comfort those who suf­fer,
Watching late in pain;
Those who plan some ev­il
From their sin re­strain.

Through the long night watch­es
May Thine an­gels spread
Their white wings above me,
Watching round my bed.

When the morn­ing wak­ens,
Then may I arise
Pure, and fresh, and sin­less
In Thy ho­ly eyes.

Glory to the Fa­ther,
Glory to the Son,
And to Thee, blest Spir­it,
While all ag­es run.