Scripture Verse

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1


Luther O. Emerson (1820–1915)

Words: Stanza 1, Re­gi­nald He­ber, pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in 1827. Stan­za 2, Fred­er­ick L. Hos­mer, 1914. Stan­za 3, Will­iam Mer­cer, 1864. Stanza 4, Ri­chard Whate­ly, 1838.

Music: Ar Hyd Y Nos tra­di­tion­al Welsh tune. Har­mo­ny by Lu­ther O. Em­er­son, 1906 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

Reginald Heber (1783–1826)


God, that mad­est earth and Hea­ven,
Darkness and light!
Who the day for toil hast given,
For rest the night!
May Thine an­gel guards de­fend us,
Slumber sweet Thy mer­cy send us;
Holy dreams and hopes at­tend us,
This live­long night!

When the con­stant sun re­turn­ing
Unseals our eyes,
May we, born anew like morn­ing,
To la­bor rise;
Gird us for the task that calls us,
Let not ease and self en­thrall us,
Strong through Thee whate’er be­fall us,
O God most wise!

And when morn again shall call us,
To run life’s way,
May we still, what­ev­er be­fall us,
Thy will ob­ey.
From the pow­er of ev­il hide us,
In the nar­row path­way guide us,
Nor Thy smile be ev­er de­nied us
All through the day.

Guard us wak­ing, guard us sleep­ing,
And when we die,
May we in Thy migh­ty keep­ing
All peace­ful lie;
When the last dread call shall wake us,
Do not Thou, our God, for­sake us,
But to reign in glo­ry take us
With Thee on high.