by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by David Wyatt

Te lucis ante terminum
Language: Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG
Te lucis ante terminum
rerum creator poscimus
ut solita clementia
sis presul [ad custodiam]1.

Procul recedant somnia
et noctium phantasmata,
hostemque nostrum comprime,
ne polluantur corpora.

[Presta pater per filium
presta per almum spiritum
cum hiis per eum triplici
unus deus cognomine.]2


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1 Tallis, Petrassi: "et custodia"
2 Tallis, Petrassi:
Praesta Pater piissime
Patrique compar Unice 
Cum Spirito Paraclito
Regnans per omne saeculum.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (David Wyatt) , title 1: "We pray to you, before the end of day", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • LAT Latin (Bible or other Sacred Texts) , from the Breviary

Research team for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor] , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-01-18
Line count: 13
Word count: 43

We pray to you, before the end of day
Language: English  after the Latin 
We pray to you, before the end of day,
O creator of the world,
That with your usual forbearance
You might be our protector [for our keeping]1.

May the dreams and ghosts
Of night retreat;
Check our enemy [sin]
Lest our bodies be polluted.

[Grant this Father, through your Son
Grant it through the caring Spirit
Who with these is one God
With three names.]2


View original text (without footnotes)
1 Tallis: "and guard"
2 Tallis:
Grant this most holy Father
and you the One equal with the Father
ruling with the Spirit our advocate
through all ages.


  • Translation from Latin to English copyright © 2012 by David Wyatt, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-07-06
Line count: 13
Word count: 66