God, that madest earth and heaven

An evening hymn with two verses by different authors.

The first verse is by Bishop Reginald Heber (1783-1826), who provided a number of hymns in this collection (see Holy, holy, Holy).

The second verse is by Richard Whately (1787-1863), who was Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough 1831-1863. Described as a flamboyant character, he was one of the first reviewers to recognise the talents of Jane Austen.

He should not be confused with Richard Whiteley (1943-2006) who was the presenter of Countdown for 23 years.

The tune is often sung to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s arrangement of the Welsh tune Ar hyd y nos (All through the night), but here it is paired with the tune East Acklam, written by Francis Jackson in 1957 while he was organist at York Minster.

Dr Francis Jackson was born 2 October 1917. He was the organist and director of music at York Minster for 36 years (pictured here on his 100th birthday). At the time of writing this blog post he is still living.

picture attribution: Jrn0074 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

East Acklam

God, that madest earth and heaven,
darkness and light;
who the day for toil hast given,
for rest the night;
may thine angel-guards defend us,
slumber sweet thy mercy send us;
holy dreams and hopes attend us,
this livelong night.

Guard us waking, guard us sleeping,
and when we die,
may we in thy mighty keeping
all peaceful lie;
when the last dread call shall wake us,
do not thou our God forsake us,
but to reign in glory take us
with Thee on high.

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