SATB Choir - accompanied or a cappella. A beautiful strophic setting of this Advent text by Charles Coffin (1676-1749). Use as an introit, an anthem, part of your Lessons and Carols service, communion music ... the possibilities abound.
In night’s dim shadows lying,
Our limbs fast lock’d in sleep,
To thee, with faithful sighing,
Our souls their vigil keep.
Desire of every nation,
Hear, Lord, our piteous cry;
Thou Word, the world’s salvation,
Uplift us where we lie.
Lord, be thine Advent hasten’d,
Lest sin thy people mar;
The gates which Adam fasten’d —
The gates of heav’n, unbar.
Son, to thine endless merit,
Redeemer, Saviour, Friend,
With Sire and Holy Spirit
Be praises without end. Amen.