Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the lakes, From the hills,
From the sky. All is well,
Safely rest. God is nigh.

Fading light, Dims the sight,
And a star, Gems the sky,
Gleaming bright, From afar,
Drawing nigh, Falls the night.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor, our God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
Neath the sky, As we go,
This we know, God is nigh.



-- Robert Ellicombe, Capt., U.S. Union Army, Taps, 1862
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