A Hymn to Share: #178 Saviour, Breathe an Evening Blessing

A Hymn for Evening Prayer:

Saviour, breathe a blessing, Ere repose our spirits seal;

Sin and want we come confessing; Thou canst save, and thou canst heal.

Though the night be dark and dreary, Darkness cannot hide from thee;

Thou art he who, never weary, watchest where thy people be.

Though destruction walk around us, though the arrows past us fly,

Angel-guards from thee surround us; we are safe, if Thou art nigh.

Be Thou nigh, should death o’ertake us; Jesus, then our refuge be,

And in paradise awake us, There to rest in peace with thee. Amen.


2 Responses to “A Hymn to Share: #178 Saviour, Breathe an Evening Blessing”

  1. 1 Robert September 10, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Thanks for posting a bit of James Edmeston’s lovely hymn, “Saviour, Breath an Evening Blessing.” Today is the 118th anniversary of his birth.

  2. 2 rcottrill September 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Back for another visit! Sorry there haven’t been more. This is a beautiful hymn. Unfortunately, many churches in North America no longer have a Sunday evening service. We can still sing a song such is this in the morning, of course. But it loses some of its relevance as a dismissal hymn at noon!

    With the arrival of fall, we begin to think of the Christmas season up ahead. If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at mine, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon. (Might make a great gift too!)

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