46 The duteous day now closeth

The Hymnal 1982 46

The duteous day now closeth

o welt, ich muss dich lassen
Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676; Robert Seymour Bridges, 1844-1930
Heinrich Isaac, 1450?-1517; Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
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1 The duteous day now closeth, each flower and tree reposeth, shade creeps o'er wild and wood: let us, as night is falling, on God our Maker calling, give thanks to him, the Giver good.

2 Now all the heavenly splendor breaks forth in starlight tender from myriad worlds unknown; and man, this marvel seeing, forget our selfish being for joy of beauty not our own.

3 Though long our mortal blindness has missed God's lovingkindness and plunged us into strife; yet when life's day is over, shall death's fair night discover the fields of everlasting life.

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