How calmly the evening (Edward Elgar)

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Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2011-12-07).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
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General Information

Title: How calmly the evening
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Thomas Toke Lynch (1818-1871)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1907

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Original text and translations

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How calmly the evening once more is descending,
As kind as a promise, as still as a prayer;
O wing of the Lord, in Thy shelter befriending,
May we and our households continue to share.

We come to be soothed with Thy merciful healing;
The dews of the night cure the wounds of the day;
We come, our life's work and its brevity feeling,
With thanks for the past, for the future we pray.

Lord, save us from folly; be with us in sorrow;
Sustain us in work till the time of our rest;
When earth's day is over, may heaven's tomorrow
Dawn on us, of homes long expected possest.