A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada

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CHAPTER 17
Trends

As the darkness draweth nigh,
Daylight fadeth from the sky:
Father, unto Thee we call,
Thou Who rulest over all.
Light that cannot know decline,
Come within our souls to shine!

All our hearts to Thee are known;
Come, possess them as Thine own.
Thou alone these hearts can fill,
And their deepest yearning still.
Love that never groweth old,
In Thy love our lives enfold! …

Thou Whose eye doth never sleep
O’er our slumber vigil keep,
That our hearts may wakeful be
While we take our rest in Thee,
And the darkness of earth’s night
Fade in everlasting light.

Despite the large number of Roman Catholics in the United States since early in the nineteenth century, Catholic hymn-writing did not flourish so long as congregations were bound to the liturgies of Europe. After the Second Vatican Council, however, there has been a dramatic upsurge in the number of hymns being written by Catholics. Among the leaders of that movement are the Do-

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