Before the ending of the day


Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world we pray,
that with thy wonted favor thou
wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,
from nightly fears and fantasies;
tread under foot our ghostly foe,
that no pollution we may know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
through Jesus Christ thine only Son:
who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
doth live and reign eternally.


Words: Te lucis ante terminum, Latin, fifth/sixth century;
trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1851

Music: Te lucis ante terminum (Plainsong Mode viii)

Meter: LM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 013 Te lucis ante terminum  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 011 Te lucis ante terminum  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 359 St. Lawrence  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 359 Te lucis ante terminum  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 359 Redhead no. 12  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 359 St. Audeon  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 019 Te lucis ante terminum, Leonburg  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 015 Te lucis ante terminum  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 019    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 021 Hamburg  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 021 Redhead no. 12  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 021 Redhead no. 12  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 021 Piericini, Redhead no. 12  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 021 Macfarren, Redhead no. 12  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 021 Jam lucis  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 055 Te lucis ante terminum, Wells  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 264 Te lucis ante terminum, Te lucis (Andernach melody)  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916 028 Jam lucis, Oneonta  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
021 Piericini  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 819 Melcombe, Te lucis ante terminum  
The Hymnal 1940 164 Te lucis ante terminum  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 016 Te lucis ante terminum  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 014 Tallis' Canon, Te lucis ante terminum  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971 371 Te lucis ante terminum  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982 006 Te lucis ante terminum  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 241 Te lucis ante terminum  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 276 Te lucis ante terminum  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 276 Solothurn  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 057 Te lucis ante terminum  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 026 Te lucis ante terminum  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 013 Te lucis ante terminum  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 061 Te lucis ante terminum  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 066 Tallis' Canon, Te lucis ante terminum  

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