Round Me Falls the Night

Samuel Palmer - A Shepherd and his Flock under the Moon and Stars - Google Art Project

I’ve long enjoyed William Romanis’s hymn text, “Round Me Falls the Night” — so I decided to set it as an anthem. Originally I used TTBB voicing, but on balance, I like the SATB version better. I think it could be just the thing for a quieter Evensong service, or for Compline.

Robot clarionets:

PDF file: Round Me Falls the Night SATB

Round me falls the night;
Saviour, be my Light:
Through the hours in darkness shrouded
Let me see Thy face unclouded;
Let Thy glory shine
In this heart of mine.

Earthly work is done,
Earthly sounds are none;
Rest in sleep and silence seeking,
Let me hear Thee softly speaking;
In my spirit’s ear
Whisper “I am near.”

Blessèd heavenly Light,
Shining through earth’s night;
Voice, that oft of love hast told me;
Arms, so strong to clasp and hold me;
Thou Thy watch wilt keep,
Saviour, o’er my sleep.

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