How calmly the evening once more is descending, As kind as a promise, as still as a prayer; O wing of the Lord, in Thy shelter befriending, May we and our households continue to share. We come to be soothed with Thy merciful healing; The dews of the night cure the wounds of the day; We come, our life's work and its brevity feeling, With thanks for the past, for the futurewe pray. Lord, save us from folly; be with us in sorrow; Sustain us in work till the time of our rest; When earth's day is over, may heaven's tomorrow Dawn on us, of homes long expected possest.
- by Thomas Toke Lynch (1818 - 1871) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Edward Elgar, Sir (1857 - 1934), "How calmly the evening", 1907. [SATB chorus a cappella] [text verified 1 time]
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