Scripture Verse

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. Psalm 91:5


Words: Will­iam J. Blew, The Church Hymn and Tune Book (Lon­don: Fran­cis & John Riv­ing­ton, 1852), Epi­pha­ny se­ction, num­ber 10.

Music: Led­bu­ry E. J. T. Pit­man, in Christ­mas Min­strel­sy, by Jo­seph Will­iams (Lon­don & Man­ches­ter, Eng­land: No­vel­lo & Brem­ner, 1864), num­ber 109 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Pit­man’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Blew,


Sweet Babe, that wrapped in twi­light shade,
Upon Thy mo­ther’s lap wast laid;
Grant, ho­ly Je­sus, grant that we
May imi­tate Thine in­fan­cy.

And when we seek our low­ly bed,
While mid­night dark­ens ov­er our head,
From rav­en­ing wolves, kind Shep­herd, keep
This lit­tle flock of Thy poor sheep.

Speak peace un­to our souls, and tell
Of hea­ven­ly joys with Thee that dwell;
So shall our spir­it, all night long,
Sing to our God her thank­ful song.

Thus, as the dy­ing day grows dim,
To God we raise our ev­en­ing hymn;
And laud, with Hea­ven’s bright an­gel host,
The Fa­ther, Son, and Ho­ly Ghost.