Words: Adelaide Anne Proctor (1825-1862), third stanza of “An Evening Hymn”, in Legends and Lyrics, second series (1860).
Music: M. Searle Wright (1918-2004), from Ten Orisons, c1961.
Recording: The Compline Choir, live broadcast , 26 Aug 2012.
Slowly the rays of daylight fade:
So fade within our heart
The hopes in earthly love and joy,
That one by one depart.
Slowly the bright stars, one by one,
Within the heavens shine:
Give us, O Lord, fresh hopes in heav’n
And trust in things divine.