Words: At­trib­ut­ed to , 4th Cen­tu­ry (Rer­um De­us ten­ax vi­gor); trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by in The Hymn­al Noted, 1852.

Music: Al­fre­ton, A Sup­ple­ment to the New Ver­sion of Psalms, by and , 1708. Al­ter­nate tune:

  • St. Ve­nan­ti­us, Rou­en church mel­o­dy

O God, creation’s secret force,
Thyself unmoved, all motion’s source,
Who from the morn till evening ray
Through all its changes guid’st the day:

Grant us, when this short life is past,
The glorious evening that shall last;
That, by a holy death attained,
Eternal glory may be gained.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son;
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.