Lord Jesus, in the days of old

Lord Jesus, in the days of old,
two walked with thee by waning light,
and love's blind instinct made them bold
to crave thy presence through the night;
as night descends, we too would pray,
O leave us not at close of day.

Did not their hearts within them burn?
And though their Lord they failed to know,
did not their spirits in them yearn?
They could not let the Stranger go.
Much more must we who know thee pray:
O leave us not at close of day.

Day is far spent and night is nigh;
stay with us, Savior, through the night;
talk with us, teach us tenderly,
lead us to peace, to rest, to light;
dispel our darkness with thy face,
radiant with resurrection grace.

The hours of day are glad and good,
and good the gifts thy hand bestows:
the body's health, the spirit's food,
and rest, and after rest repose.
We would not lose day's golden gains,
so stay with us as daylight wanes.

Nor this night only, blessèd Lord;
we every day and every hour
would walk with thee Emmausward,
to hear thy voice of love and power;
and every night would by thy side
look, listen and be satisfied.

Words: James Ashcroft Noble, 1887

Music: St. Petersburg

Meter: 88 88 88

Website compiled by Steve Benner, 1999-2003.