Before the Ending of the Day, HWC 385, Healey Willan

Before the Ending of the Day, HWC 385, Healey Willan
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Music of Healey Willan

8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"

Willan was commissioned to write this anthem for the 1938 Albany Diocesan Choir Festival by  J. William Jones, the founder and conductor of the festival. The anthem is dedicated to the Choir of the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, N.Y. 

This anthem of Healey Willan is set in English, and is a translation of the Latin hymn, “Te lucis ante terminum.”


Before the ending of the day, 
Creator of the world, we pray, 
That with thy wonted favour thou 
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes, 
From nightly fears and fantasies; 
Tread under foot our ghostly foe, 
That no pollution we may know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ thine only Son, 
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally. Amen.

- Translated by John Mason Neale.


Te lucis ante términum,
rerum Creátor, póscimus,
ut pro tua cleméntia
sis præsul et custódia.

Procul recédant sómnia
et nóctium phantásmata;
hostémque nostrum cómprime,
ne polluántur córpora.

Præsta, Pater piíssime,
Patríque compar Unice,
cum Spíritu Paráclito
regnans per omne sǽculum. Amen.

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