The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended (StF 147)

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The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended 

Source: Singing the Faith: 147
Words: John Ellerton
Music: “St Clement” by Clement Cotterill Scholefield
Metre: 98.98
Verses: 5

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Janice Clark notes that this hymn is sung each year at the close of the service marking the World Day Of Prayer (in Scotland, “Women’s” World Day of Prayer). For some years the second line in verse 4 has been inclusivised – amending “The sun that bids us rest is waking / our brethren ‘neath the western sky” to “your children ‘neath the western sky”.

We have also received this alternative inclusivisation (again from a World Day of Prayer source):
“The sun that bids us rest is waking / our friends beneath the western sky.”

A quirky fact about this hymn: it was used by the prog rock artist Rick Wakeman for the conclusion of his musical portrait of Anne Boleyn on his 1973 album, The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

Categories: 98.98., Ellerton, John, Morning and Evening, Scholefield, Clement Cotterill, St Clement.

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