The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended. John Ellerton* (1826-1893). This hymn was published in A Liturgy for Missionary Meetings (Frome: Hodges, 1870). It was revised for inclusion in Church Hymns in 1871, where stanza 1 line 4 was ‘Thy praise shall hallow now our rest’ and stanza 5 line 3 was ‘But stand, and rule, and grow for ever’. It was revised again for Ellerton’s Hymns Original and Translated (1888). The 1888 text was used when the hymn was printed in the Supplement (1889) to the Second Edition of A&M (1875). In this form, which has become the customary one, it has been included in almost all 19th- and 20th-century hymnals. It was modernized to the ‘you’ form, with other...

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