Round me falls the night

Round me falls the night. William Romanis* (1824-1899). First published in Hymns written for Wigston Magna Church School (1878, Second Edition, 1883). It was probably written during Romanis’ time as vicar of Wigston Magna, Leicester, from 1863 to 1888. It became more widely known after its inclusion in the Public School Hymn Book of 1903 (which is sometimes given as the date of first publication). It had three simple and moving stanzas:   Round me falls the night;   Saviour, be my light; Through the hours in darkness shrouded Let me see thy face unclouded;   Let thy glory shine   In this heart of mine.   Earthly work is done,   Earthly sounds are none; Rest in sleep and silence...

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