White, Robert: Christe qui lux es et dies (3rd setting)

Christe qui lux es et dies (3rd setting)

Christe qui lux es et dies,
Noctis tenebras detegis,
Lucisque lumen crederis,
Lumen beatum praedicans.

Precamur Sancte Domine,
Defende nos in hac nocte,
Sit nobis in te requies,
Quietam noctem tribue.

Ne gravis somnus irruat,
Nec hostis nos surripiat,
Nec caro illi consentiens,
Nos tibi reos statuat.

Oculi somnum capiant,
Cor ad te semper vigilet,
Dextera tua protegat
Famulos qui te diligent.

Defensor noster aspice,
Insidiantes reprime,
Guberna tuos famulos,
Quos sanguine mercatus es.

Memento nostri Domine
In gravi isto corpore,
Qui es defensor animae,
Adesto nobis Domine.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
Eiusque soli Filio,
Sancto simul cum Spiritu
Nunc et per omne saeculum.

Christ, who art the light and day,
thou drivest night and gloom away;
O Light of light, whose word doth show
the light of heav’n to us below.

All-holy Lord, in humble prayer,
we ask tonight thy watchful care.
O grant us calm repose in thee,
a quiet night, from perils free.

Our sleep be pure from sinful stain;
let not the tempter vantage gain
or our unguarded flesh surprise
and make us guilty in thine eyes.

Asleep though wearied eyes may be,
still keep the heart awake to thee;
let thy right hand outstretched above
guard those who serve the Lord they love.

Behold, O God, our shield,
and quell the crafts and subtleties of hell;
direct thy servants in all good,
who thou hast purchased with thy blood.

O Lord, remember us who bear
the burden of the flesh we wear;
thou who dost e’er our souls defend,
be with us even to the end.

All praise to God the Father be,
all praise, eternal Son, to thee,
whom with the Spirit we adore
forever and for evermore.

Words: Compline Hymn for the First Sunday of Lent
tr. William Copeland (1804–85)
Music: Robert White (1538–74)