God, that madest earth and heaven

God, that madest earth and heaven. Reginald Heber* (1783-1826) and Richard Whately* (1787-1863). The first verse of this hymn comes from Heber’s Hymns written and adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (1827), with the title ‘Evening Hymn’. The second verse, beginning ‘Guard us waking, guard us sleeping’, was a translation by Whately of an ancient Antiphon for Compline: ‘Salva nos, Domine, vigilantes, custode nos dormientes, ut vigilemus in Christo, et requiescamus in pace’. The two verses were first printed together in Sacred Poetry adapted to the Understanding of Children and Youth (Dublin, 1838: Whately had been appointed Archbishop of Dublin in 1831). The connection was...

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