The night is come (Robert Barber)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-10-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: The night is come
Composer: Robert Barber
Lyricist: Thomas Brownecreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1753 in David's Harp Well Tuned

Description: This is an example of Barber's more ambitious (unaccompanied) anthem style.

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Original text and translations

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The night is come, likewise the day;
Depart not thou, great God, away.
On Thee, O Lord, I do repose,
Protect me from my watchful foes;
So shall I securely lie,
And sweetly pass the hours away.
In heavenly dreams my soul advance.
O! Make my sleep a holy trance.
Sleep is a death; O! Let me try
By sleeping, how is it to die.