Now the Day is Over: A Welsh Lullaby

Artwork Kris Aro McLeod

A gentle song honoring the stillness of nature, Now the Day is Over, is a calming lullaby for your little child.  Here are the lyrics for Now the Day is Over, and just like the flowers and beasts, your baby will soon be fast asleep.

Now the Day is Over Lyrics

Now the day is over
Night is drawing nigh
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky

Now the darkness gathers
Stars begin to peep
Birds and beasts and flowers
Soon will be asleep

Now the day is over
The sun has said goodnight
The crescent moon has risen
To share its gentle light

Now the wind is whispering
In stillness soft and sweet
All of nature’s creatures
Now are sound asleep

The birds and beasts and flowers
All have gone to sleep

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History of the Lullaby

Now the Day is Over was as a hymn written in the late 1800s by the the Lutheran, Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould, who also notably wrote the famous hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers.

Reverend Baring-Gould was a prolific author and scholar, with over 1200 known publications to his name. Not only was he a Anglican priest, but he was also a scholar, author, folk song collector, and father of 15 children!

The lyrics to Now the Day is Over show a deep respect and reverence for nature.

Full Original Lyrics to Now the Day is Over

by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924. From the Lutheran Hymnal.

Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh;
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky.

Now the darkness gathers,
Stars begin to peep,
Birds and beasts and flowers
Soon will be asleep.

Jesus, give the weary
Calm and sweet repose;
With Thy tend’rest blessing
May mine eyelids close.

Grant to little children
Visions bright of Thee;
Guard the sailors tossing
On the deep-blue sea.

Comfort every sufferer
Watching late in pain;
Those who plan some evil
From their sin restrain.

Through the long night-watches
May Thine angels spread
Their white wings above me,
Watching round my bed.

When the morning wakens,
Then may I arise
Pure and fresh and sinless
In Thy holy eyes.

Glory to the Father,
Glory to the Son,
And to Thee, blest Spirit,
While all ages run.

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