Nun Ruhen Alle Waelder - Morning And Evening Prayers For All Days Of The Week

Nun Ruhen Alle Waelder - Morning And Evening Prayers For All Days Of The Week

Now under night’s dark shadow

Rest woodland, field, and meadow,

The world in slumber lies.

But thou, my soul, awake thee,

To song and prayer betake thee,

Give praise to Him who rules the skies.

The sun’s fair light hath vanished,

The night its rays hath banished,

The night, the foe of day.

’Tis well: my heart containeth

A sun whose light ne’er waneth,

Since Jesus there holds constant sway.

The reign of day is over,

And golden stars now cover

The canopy so blue.

Thus I shall shine in heaven,

Where golden crowns are given

To all who faithful stay and true.

My body is divested

Of garments that have rested

Upon its form of clay.

Thus I at heaven’s portal

Shall lose all that is mortal

And with the Lord forever stay.

Head, feet, and hands are taking


Sweet rest from toil and waking,

Released from ev’ry pain.

O heart of mine, why borrow

The troubles of tomorrow?

Thou rest from sin and woe shalt gain.

Ye members weak and tired,

By joy no more inspired,

Betake yourselves to bed.

The time and hour for sleeping

In God’s own faithful keeping

Will come when you are cold and dead.

My tired eyes are closing,

And while I am reposing,

Where doth my soul remain?

To Thee be it commended

Until the night is ended,

Let me Thy gracious favor gain.

Lord Jesus, who dost love me,

Spread both Thy wings above me,

Thus shielding me from harm.

If Satan should draw near me,

Let angels come to cheer me

And so the wily foe disarm.

My loved ones, rest securely,

Since God will guard you surely

From pain and perils sore.


May you in safety slumber,

While angels without number

Attend you now and evermore.


Paul Gerhardt, 1648.

Tr. H. Brueckner, 1918.


John Habermann