God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven

Words: Reginald Heber, verse 1; Frederick Hosmer, verse 2
Note: we have added a third verse that was not in the 1993 hymnal. It was written in
1864 by William Mercer.

Music:      "AR HYD Y NOS" Traditional Welsh melody, harmonized by Luther Emerson, 1906
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  1.  God, who made the earth and heaven, 
         darkness and light;
      Who the day for toil hast given, 
         for rest the night;
      May Your angel guards defend us,
      slumber sweet Your mercy send us;
      Holy dreams and hopes attend us,
         all through the night.
  2.  When the constant sun returning
         unseals our eyes,
      May we, born anew like morning,
         to labor rise;
      Fit us for the task that calls us;
      let not ease and self enthrall us,
      Strong through You what'er befall us,
         O God most wise!
  3.  And when morn again shall call us
         To run life's way,
      May we still, what'er befall us,
         Thy will obey.
      From the power of evil hide us,
      In the narrow pathway guide us,
      Nor Thy smile be e'er denied us
         The live-long day.  

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