by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by Edward Caswall (1814 - 1878)

The sun is sinking fast
Language: English  after the Latin 
The sun is sinking fast;
  The daylight dies;
Let love awake and pay
  Her evening sacrifice.

As Christ upon the Cross
  In death reclin'd,
Into His Father's hands
  His parting soul resign'd;

So now herself my soul
  Would wholly give,
Into His sacred charge,
  In whom all spirits live :

So now beneath His eye
  Would calmly rest, 
Without a wish or thought
  Abiding in the breast,

Save that His will be done ;
  Whate'er betide;
Dead to herself; and dead
  In Him, to all beside.

Thus would I live; -- yet now
  Not I, but He;
In all His power and love
  Henceforth alive in me!

One sacred Trinity!
  One Lord divine!
Myself for ever His!
  And He for ever mine!

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This text was added to the website: 2010-05-03
Line count: 28
Word count: 121