Scripture Verse

On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Psalm 63:6

Introduction

Words: Sam­uel Long­fel­low, Ves­pers 1859.

Music: Ves­per Hymn (Ste­ven­son), from A Se­lect­ion of Po­pu­lar Na­tion­al Airs, by John A. Ste­ven­son, 1818 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ste­ven­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)

Lyrics

Now, on land and sea descending,
Brings the night its peace profound;
Let our vesper hymn be blending
With the holy calm around.
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen!
Let our vesper hymn be blending
With the holy calm around.

Soon as dies the sunset glo­ry,
Stars of heaven shine out above,
Telling still the ancient story,
Their Creator’s changeless love.
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen!
Telling still the ancient story,
Their Creator’s changeless love.

Now, our wants and burdens leaving
To God’s care who cares for all,
Cease we fearing, cease we grieving,
Touched by God our burdens fall.
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen!
Cease we fearing, cease we grieving,
Touched by God our burdens fall.

As the darkness deepens o’er us
Lo! eter­nal stars arise;
Hope and faith and love rise glo­ri­ous,
Shining in the Spir­it’s skies.
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen!
Hope and faith and love rise glo­ri­ous,
Shining in the Spir­it’s skies.