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The Day Thou
Gavest, Lord, Is Ended
Victoria chose this hymn to be sung at the 60th
anniversary of her reign in 1897; it was also sung at the
ceremony when Britain returned control of Hong Kong to
China in 1997.
words are by John Ellerton (1826-1893). Ellerton graduated
from Trinity College and entered the ministry in 1850. He
served as Vicar at St. Nicholas’, Brighton, and Crewe Green,
Cheshire. He was a recognized authority on hymns,
contributed to Hymns Ancient and Modern,
and wrote or translated over 80 hymns.
music is by Clement Cotterill Scholefield (1839-1904). Youngest
son of William Scholefield, Member of Parliament from
Birmingham, Clement attended Pocklington School,
Yorkshire, and St. John’s College, Cambridge (BA 1864, MA
1867). He was ordained a deacon in 1867, and priest in 1869. He
served as Curate of Hove, Sussex (1867-70); St. Peter’s, South
Kensington (1870-8); and St. Luke’s, Chelsea (1879-80). He
was also Conduct of Eton (1880-1890); Lecturer of St.
Mary-le-Bow, London (1887-90); and Vicar of Holy Trinity,
Knightsbridge (1890-1895). He retired in 1895. He
contributed hymns to Church Hymns with
Tunes, by Arthur Sullivan (1874).
Lyrics by John Fullerton
The day Thou gavest,
Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.
We thank Thee that Thy
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.
As o’er each
continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.
The sun that
bids us rest is waking
Our brethren ’neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.
So be it, Lord;
Thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
Thy kingdom stands, and grows forever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.