* SOFTLY now the light of day
Fades upon my sight away;
Free from care, from labour free,
Lord, I would commune with Thee:
Thou, whose all-pervading eye,
Naught escapes, without, within,
Pardon each infirmity,
Open fault, and secret sin.
Soon for me, the light of day
Shall for ever, pass away;
Then, from sin and sorrow, free,
Take me, Lord, to dwell with Thee:
Thou, who, sinless, yet hast known
All of man's infirmity;
Then from Thine eternal throne,
Jesus look with pitying eye.
* Since inserted among the hymns in the Prayer Book.