All praise to thee, my God
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All praise to thee, my God, this night,
for all the blessings of the light.
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
beneath thine own almighty wings.
Forgive me, Lord, for thy dear Son,
the ill that I this day have done,
that with the world, myself, and thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
Oh, may my soul on thee repose,
and with sweet sleep my eyelids close,
sleep that shall me more vigorous make
to serve my God when I awake.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him, all creatures here below.
Praise him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Words: Thomas Ken, 1694, appendix to A Manual of Prayers, 1695
Tune: Thomas Tallis, The Whole Psalter Translated
into English Metre, 1561-1567
1695 edition of A Manual of Prayers for Use of the Scholars of Winchester
College (1674), he included "Three Hymns for Morning, Evening and
Midnight." This evening hymn, originally in twelve stanzas, was written for
the devotional use of his students at Winchester College, England. It is based
on Psalm 91:4, the picture of God as a nurturing eagle, though there are many
biblical images of communing with God at the close of day. Stanza 2 is a
"sacrifice of repentence" to ready the soul for night and prepare for
strength of spirit in the new day. The omitted stanzas further call on God's
blessing and instruction even through the night, including a stanza for
When in the night I sleepless lie
my soul with heavenly thoughts supply;
let no ill dreams disturb my rest,
no powers of darkness me molest.
from Hymnal Companion
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