The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended History and Lyrics

The Lord Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended Hymn Lyrics

John Ellerton

1 The day you gave us, Lord, is ended,
the darkness falls at your request;
to you our morning hymns ascended,
your praise shall sanctify our rest.

2 We thank you that your Church, unsleeping
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping
and never rests by day or night.

3 As over continent and island
each dawn leads to another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor do the praises die away.

4 So be it, Lord! Your throne shall never,
like earth’s proud empires, pass away;
your kingdom stands and grows forever
until there dawns your glorious day.

The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended Hymn History

The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended was composed in 1870 by John Ellerton. He wrote it while serving as a vicar at Crewe in England.

It was created for missionary meetings. This was a time when the United Kingdom and other parts of the western world were on fire for missionary work.

This was a time when missionaries went to various parts of the world to spread the Gospel.

Missionaries such as David Livingstone left their home to go to Africa to spread the gospel or to lay the groundwork for others to follow.

People like David Livingstone risked their lives visiting places that were almost unknown to many Europeans.

Those that remained sacrificed their money and resources to support them.

This hymn expresses this fervor that occupied Christians to spread the gospel to various unreached people of the world.

In 1897 when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, she chose this hymn to be sung in all the churches in England. Queen Victoria had been Britain’s head of State for sixty years in 1897 and she is the one that created the British empire.

Even though Queen Victoria’s empire finally crumbled, God’s kingdom grew from strength to strength in various parts of the world.

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The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended Hymn YouTube Video

Below is a video featuring this beautiful hymn, The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended from the Choir of the Abbey School, Tewkesbury.

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