Compline Hymns

We Praise You, Father For Your Gifts
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
This World, My God, Is Held Within Your Hand
Now At The Daylight's Ending
O Christ, You Are The Light And Day
All Praise To You, O God, This Night
The Master Came To Bring Good News
Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Christe, Qui, Splendor Et Dies
We Praise You, Father For Your Gifts

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We praise you, Father, for your gifts
Of dusk and nightfall over earth,
Foreshadowing the mystery
Of death that leads to endless day.

Within your hands we rest secure;
In quiet sleep our strength renew;
Yet give your people hearts that wake
In love to you, unsleeping Lord.

Your glory may we ever seek
In rest, as in activity,
Until its fullness is revealed,
O source of life, O Trinity.
Melody: Te lucis ante terminum, Gregorian Chant; Text: West Mailing Abbey

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Holy God, we praise Thy name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Melody: Grosser Gott, 78.78.77, 1774; Text: Ignaz Franz, 1719-1790

This World, My God, Is Held Within Your Hand

This world, my God, is held within your hand,
Though we forget your love and steadfast might
and in the changing day uncertain stand,
Disturbed by morning, and afraid of night.

From youthful confidence to careful age,
Help each one to be your loving friend,
Rewarded by the faithful servant's wage,
God in Three Persons, reigning without end.
Melody: Abide With Me; Text: Hamish Swanson; Midi: Cyberhymnal

Now At The Daylight's Ending

Now at the daylight's ending
We turn, O God, to you:
Send forth your Holy Spirit,
Our Spirit now renew.

To you in adoration,
In thankfulness and praise,
In faith and hope and gladness,
Our loving hearts we raise.

The gift you gave at daylight
This night you take away,
To leave within our keeping
The blessings of this day.

Take all its joy and sorrow,
Take all that love can give,
But all that needs forgiveness,
Dear Father, now forgive.

With watchful eyes, O Shepherd,
Look down upon your sheep;
Stretch forth your hands in healing
And close our eyes in sleep.

Come down, O Holy Spirit,
To be our loving Guest;
Be near us, holy angels,
And guard us as we rest.

We praise you, heav'nly Father:
From you all light descends;
You give us heaven's glory
When life's brief daylight ends.

We praise you, Jesus, Savior,
The light of heav'n above;
We praise you, Holy Spirit,
The living flame of love.
Melody: Christus Der Ist Mein Leben, 76.76, Melchior Vulpius, 1609; Text: James Quinn; Midi: Cyberhymnal

O Christ, You Are The Light And Day

O Christ, you are the light and day
Which drives away the night,
The ever shining Sun of God
And pledge of future light.

As now the  ev'ning shadows fall
Please grant us, Lord, we pray,
A quiet night to rest in you
Until the break of day.

Remember us, poor mortal ones,
We humbly ask, O Lord,
And may your presence in our souls,
Be now our great reward.
Text: Christe qui Lux es et Dies; Melody: St. Anne C.M. William Croft, 1708

All Praise To You, O God, This Night

All praise to You, O God, this night
For all the blessings of the light;
Keep us, we pray, O King of kings,
Beneath Your own almighty wings.

Forgive us, Lord, through Christ your Son,
Whatever wrong this day we've done;
Your peace give to the world, O Lord,
That we might live in one accord.

Enlighten us, O blessed Light,
and give us rest throughout this night.
O strengthen us, that for Your sake,
We all may serve You when we wake.
Melody: Illsley L.M., J. Bishop, 1665-1737; Text: Thomas Ken, 1709, alt.

The Master Came To Bring Good News

The Master came to bring good news,
The news of love and freedom,
To heal the sick and seek the poor,
To build the peaceful kingdom.

Father, forgive us! Through Jesus hear us!
As we forgive one another!

Through Jesus Christ the law's fulfilled,
The man who lived for others.
The law of Christ is love alone
To serve now all our brothers.


To seek the sinners Jesus came,
To live among the friendless,
To show them love that they might share
The kingdom that is endless.


Forgive us, Lord, as we forgive
And seek to help each other.
Forgive us, Lord, and we shall live
to pray and work together.


Melody: Ich Glauban Gott; Text:Gabriel Huck

Te Lucis Ante Terminum

Te lucis ante terminum,
rerum creator, poscimus,
ut solita clementia
sis praesul ad custodiam.

Te corda nostra somnient,
te per soporem sentiant,
tuamque semper gloriam
vicina luce concinant.

Vitam salubrem tribue,
nostrum calorem refice,
taetram noctis caliginem
tua collustret claritas.

Praesta, Pater omnipotens,
per Iesum Christum Dominum,
qui tecum in perpetuum
regnat cum Sancto Spiritu. Amen.

Thee, before daylight’s end,
Creator of all things, we ask,
That in never-failing compassion
You may be the protector to our safe-keeping.

Thee, may our hearts dream of,
Thee, through deep sleep may they perceive,
and of Your everlasting glory
in the nearing daylight may they sing as one.

A life healthful, grant!
Our vigour, renew!
The foul gloom of night
may Your brightness light up.

Grant all of this, Father Almighty,
through Jesus Christ the Lord,
who with you in perpetuity
reigns with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Melody: Te lucis ante terminum, Gregorian Chant

Christe, Qui, Splendor Et Dies

CHRISTE, qui,splendor et dies,
noctis tenebras detegis,
lucisque lumen crederis,
lumen beatis praedicans,

Precamur, sancte Domine,
hac nocte nos custodias;
sit nobis in te requies,
quietas horas tribue.

Somno si dantur oculi,
cor semper ad te vigilet;
tuaque dextra protegas
fideles, qui te diligunt.

Defensor noster, aspice,
insidiantes reprime,
guberna tuos famulos,
quos sanguine mercatus es.

Sit, Christe, rex piissime,
tibi Patrique gloria,
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
in sempiterna saecula. Amen.

CHRIST, thou who art the light and day,
who chasest nightly shades away,
thyself the Light of Light confessed,
and promiser of radiance blest:

O holy Lord, we pray to thee,
throughout the night our guardian be;
in thee vouchsafe us to repose,
all peaceful till the night shall close.

O let our eyes due slumber take,
our hearts to thee forever wake:
and let thy right hand from above
shield us who turn to thee in love.

O strong defender, hear our prayers,
repel our foes and break their snares,
and govern thou thy servants here,
those ransomed with thy life-blood dear.

Almighty Father, this accord
through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord,
Who with the Holy Ghost and thee
doth reign through all eternity. Amen.

Melody: Te lucis ante terminum, Gregorian Chant


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