Now cheer our hearts this eventide

Now cheer our hearts this eventide. Robert Bridges* (1844-1930).  This two-stanza hymn was first published in 1895, among the 25 hymns that formed Part I of the Yattendon Hymnal, published as a whole in 1899. The first stanza was based loosely on a stanza of Nikolaus Selnecker*, ‘Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ’* (EG 246), from a hymn in Geistliche Psalmen (Nürnberg, 1611) of nine stanzas, of which EG prints seven.    Now cheer our hearts this eventide,   Lord Jesus Christ, and with us bide:Thou that canst never set in night, Our heav’nly Sun, our glorious Light.   May we and all who bear thy nameBy gentle love thy cross proclaim,Thy gift of peace on earth secure,And for thy Truth...

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