Sun of My Soul

Words:LM • John Keble (1827)
Music:HURSLEY • Ignaz Franz in Katholischen Gesangbuch (1774), arr. William H. Monk (1861)



Sun of my soul! Thou Savior dear,
  It is not night if Thou be near;
Oh may no earth-born cloud arise
  To hide Thee from Thy servant’s eyes.


When the soft dews of kindly sleep
  My wearied eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest
  Forever on my Savior’s breast.


Abide with me from morn till eve,
  For without Thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
  For without Thee I dare not die.


If some poor wand’ring child of Thine
  Has spurned today the voice divine,
Now, Lord, the gracious work begin;
  Let them no more lie down in sin.


Watch by the sick; enrich the poor
  With blessings from Thy boundless store;
Be every mourner’s sleep tonight
  Like infant’s slumbers, pure and light.


Come near and bless us when we wake,
  Ere through the world our way we take;
Till in the ocean of Thy love
  We lose ourselves in heav’n above.

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 406 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical
Songs for Worship and Praise 690 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical
Songs of Faith and Praise 806 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical
Praise for the Lord 593 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 17 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical
Songs of the Church 484 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical
Sacred Selections 151 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical
Christian Hymns No. 2 n/a
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 498 Lacks vss 4, 5 Identical


Sung by the Dallas Christian Adult Concert Choir on the album “Just As I Am” (2008) (Amazon | iTunes | Spotify):





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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15