Day is Done but Love Unfailing

This is a hymn for evening, about God's love. It is also appropriate for funerals.

It was written by Scottish Roman Catholic priest (Jesuit) and hymn-writer, James Quinn SJ (1919–2010).

With meter, it is set to the tune AR HYD Y NOS -  Welsh melody, c. 1784- used for the traditional lullaby, All Through the Night.

Sheet music is not available for individual purchase, but the hymn is included in a compliation of Quinn's works - link below.

Image:  Sunset in the West, 2007  ©


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Singer, unaccompanied:

Duet with organ, words on-screen:

Choir with guitar:

Choir with organ and guitar, professional recording:

Instrumental - piano:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  Day is done, but love unfailing dwells ever here;
.... Be always near.

2  Dark descends, but light unending shines through our night;
... Love's endless light!

3  Eyes will close, but you, unsleeping, watch by our side;
.... This eventide.

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Day is done, but love unfailing
Dwells ever here;
Shadows fall, but hope prevailing,
Calms ev'ry fear.
Loving Father, none forsaking,
Take our hearts, of love's own making,
Watch our sleeping, guard our waking,
Be always near.

Dark descends, but light unending
Shines through our night;
You are with us, ever lending
New strength to sight:
One in love, your truth confessing,
One in hope of heaven's blessing,
May we see, in love's possessing,
Love's endless light!

Eyes will close, but you, unsleeping,
Watch by our side;
Death may come, in love's safekeeping
Still we abide.
God of love, all evil quelling,
Sin forgiving, fear dispelling,
Stay with us, our hearts indwelling,
This eventide.

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