O Tranquil Night
This powerful piece, based on text by an anonymous author, is well-suited as a general-themed anthem or as a congregational hymn. Written with accessibility in mind, it draws on unison lines, and homophonic textures to create a piece that is moving and majestic.
- Voicing: SATB ensemble, and descant
- Instrumentation: organ accompaniment
- Text Author: Anonymous
- Duration: 3:15 minutes
- Publisher: Mysterium Music
O Mystery of night’s horizon setting,
Grant us thy peace while midst our sleep we dream,
As twilight’s shadows spread across your expanse,
Dusk’s ev’ning embers foretell morn’s bright dawn.
O Steadfast Love at life’s end bid us welcome,
Open thine arms embrace us with thy peace,
Let death’s harsh grasp be but a tribulation,
Thy cross our vict’ry over fault and grave.
O Holy Spirit we, your people, languish,
Led by our envy, pride, and discontent,
Help us reach far across divides that break us,
Renew our hearts with empathy and love.
O Tranquil Night, safe watch o’er all who slumber,
Restore in us thy hope and amity,
May we rise again awash with promise.
To share thy love with rival, foe, and friend.