Vesper Verse

Lord, keep us safe this night

Author: Anon.; Author: John Leland
Tune: GORTON (Beethoven)
Published in 23 hymnals

Printable scores: MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

Lord, keep us safe this night,
Secure from all our fears;
May angels guard us while we sleep,
Till morning light appears.

Source: Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #70

Author: Anon.

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Author: John Leland

Leland, John, an American Baptist minister, was born at Grafton, Massachusetts, on May 15th, 1754, and began to preach at the age of 20. From 1776 to 1790 he was in Virginia, and thereafter in Massachusetts, mostly at Cheshire. He died Jan. 14, 1841. His Sermons, Addresses, Essays and Autobiography were published by his niece, Miss L. F. Greene, at Lanesboro, Massachusetts, in 1845. His influence seems to have been equalled by his peculiarities. We hear of his "restless activity and roving disposition"; his "mad devotion to politics," wherein he had much local and temporary weight; his "ready wit and endless eccentricities;" as also of his high character. Of the hymns which have been ascribed to him, some on doubtful authority, the followin… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, keep us safe this night
Title: Vesper Verse
Author: John Leland
Author: Anon.
Copyright: Public Domain


GORTON (Beethoven)

The tune GORTON derives from the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23, Opus 57 (1807); however, the arranger and any significance to the tune title are unknown. GORTON was published with this versification of Psalm 79 in the 1912 Psalter. Sing this tune in parts, beginning v…

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Christ in Song #841

Church Hymnal, Fourth Edition #24

Church Hymnal, Third Edition #44

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Hymns for the Church #388

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Hymns for the Living Age #42

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Hymns of the Church #596

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Hymns of Worship and Service #569

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Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #662

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #644

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The Baptist Church Hymnal #C162

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The Baptist Church Hymnal #C163

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The Baptist Church Hymnal #C164

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The Baptist Church Hymnal #C165


The Book of Common Praise #43

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The Book of Common Praise #40

The Church Hymnal #d227

The Church Hymnal #694

The Church Hymnal #696

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The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America 1940 #174

The Hymnary for use in Baptist churches #691

The Modern Psalmist #d169

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The Praise Book for Young People's Societies, Church Prayer Meetings and Sunday Schools #45

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Wartburg Hymnal #70

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