Scripture Verse

He will be our guide even unto death. Psalm 48:14


Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Am­brose of Mi­lan (340–397) (Iam lu­cis or­to si­de­re). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Gre­ville Phil­li­more (1821–1884).

Music: Fare­well (Nay­lor) John Naylor, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Nay­lor (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Ambrose of Milan (340–397)


The star of morn has ris’n;
O Lord, to Thee we pray:
O un­cre­at­ed Light of Light,
Guide Thou our way.

Sinless be tongue and hand,
And in­no­cent the mind,
Let sim­ple truth be on our lips,
Our hearts be kind.

Let not the flesh pre­vail,
But all be ruled by good;
The gift of tem­per­ance be­stow
In drink and food.

As the swift day rolls on,
Still, Lord, our guard­ian be,
And keep the por­tals of our hearts
From ev­il free.

Grant that our dai­ly toil
May to Thy glo­ry tend;
And as our hours be­gin with Thee,
So may they end.