The night is come (Robert Barber)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-10-17). Score information: A4, 5 pages Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
First published: 1753 in David's Harp Well Tuned
Description: This is an example of Barber's more ambitious (unaccompanied) anthem style.
Original text and translations
The night is come, likewise the day;
Depart not thou, great God, away.
On Thee, O Lord, I do repose,
Protect me from my watchful foes;
So shall I securely lie,
And sweetly pass the hours away.
In heavenly dreams my soul advance.
O! Make my sleep a holy trance.
Sleep is a death; O! Let me try
By sleeping, how is it to die.