Balfour Gardiner, Henry: Evening Hymn

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Evening Hymn (1908)

Te lucis ante terminum
Rerum Creator poscimus
Ut pro tua clementia
Sis præsul et custodia.

Procul recedant somnia
Et noctium phantasmata
Hostemque nostrum comprime
Ne polluantur corpora.

Præsta, Pater piissime
Patrique compar unice
Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne sæculum. Amen.

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That with thy wonted favour thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
From nightly fears and fantasies,
Tread under foot our ghostly foe
That no pollution we may know.

O Father, that we ask be done
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

Words: Office hymn at Compline tr. John Mason Neale (1818–66)
Music: Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877–1950)