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There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. - William P. Merrill

 

    1.  As I Go to Sleep Tonight (2-Part Round) - Hilary A. Stokes. 1

2.  Auld Lang Syne - Scotland. 1

3.  Bed is Too Small. 1

4.  Breton Fisherman's Prayer – Sue Stevens. 1

5.  Evensong – E. M. Ruttle. 1

6.  Go Well and Safely / Zulu Farewell (3-Part Song) - Africa. 1

7.  H’avana Shira (3 –Part Round) - Israel 1

8.  Linger. 2

9.  Night Is Falling. 2

10.  Russian Vesper - Russia. 2

11.  Say Why. 2

12.  Shalom Chaverim - Israel 2

13.  Softly Falls the Light of Day – Old German Melody. 3

14.  Taps. 3

15.  Whippoorwill (2-Part Round) – Anne H. Chapin & Kent Conn. 3

16.  Witchcraft – Margaret Snyder. 3

17.  With the Scent of Woodsmoke. 3

 

 

List 5 songs or readings you could use for your Vesper/Closing.

 

 

Song Title

Composer

Source

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Some of my favourites:

 

 

As I go to sleep tonight,

Jesus with me stay

Till the touch of morning light

Welcomes the new day.

 

2.  Auld Lang Syne - Scotland

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And days of auld lang syne?

 

Chorus:        For auld lang syne, for auld lang syne,

For auld lang syne my dear.

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet.

For sake of auld lang syne.

 

And here’s a hand, my trusty friend,

And gie’s a hand o’thine

We’ll tak’ a right good willy-waught

For auld lang syne.

 

3.  Bed is Too Small

 

Bed is too small for my tiredness

Bring me a hilltop with trees

Tuck a cloud up under my chin

Lord, blow the moon out, please

 

Rock me to sleep in a cradle of dreams

Sing me a lullaby of leaves

Tuck a cloud up under my chin

Lord, blow the moon out please. 

 

4.  Breton Fisherman's Prayer Sue Stevens

 

Protect me oh Lord for my boat is so small

Protect me oh Lord for my boat is so small

My boat is so small and your sea is so wide

Protect me oh Lord

 

5.  Evensong E. M. Ruttle

 

When the shadows softly gather

As we close our eyes in sleep

We would thank thee Holy Father

For thy keep


Keep our loved ones free from sorrow

Be thou ever close beside

Help us play the game tomorrow

As thy Guides  

 

6.  Go Well and Safely/ Zulu Farewell (3-Part Song) - Africa

 

Go well and safely.

Go well and safely.

Go well and safely.

The Lord be ever with you.


Stay well and safely.

Stay well and safely.

Stay well and safely.

The Lord be ever with you.

 

 

H’avana shira, shir hallelluyah

H’avana shira, shir hallelluyah.

H’avana shira, shir hallelluyah

 

Hmmm, I want to linger

Hmmm, a little longer

Hmmm, a little longer here with you


Hmmm, it's such a perfect night

Hmmm, it doesn't seem quite right

Hmmm, that this should be my last with you


Hmmm and come September

Hmmm, I will remember

Hmmm, our camping days and friendships true

 

Hmmm and as the years go by

Hmmm, I'll think of you and sigh

Hmmm, this is good-night and not good-bye

 

9.  Night Is Falling

 

Night is falling,

Stars are bright.

Have I said my last good-night?

Lord above look down on me

And help me through the night.

 

Thank you for a lovely day.

Thank you for showing me the way.

Thank you for all you have given me,

Good-night, O Lord, good-night.

 

 

Now on land and sea descending brings the night its peace profound.

Let our vesper hymn be blending with the holy calm around.

Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Amen.

Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Amen.

 

Soon as dies the sunset glory, stars of heav’n shine out above;

Telling still the ancient story, their Creator’s changeless love.

Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Amen.

Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Amen.

As the darkness deepens o’er us, lo, eternal stars arise;

Hope and faith and love rise glorious, shining in the spirit’s skies.

Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Amen.

Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Jubilate!  Amen.

 

11.  Say Why

 

Say why, do we have to say goodbye

Say why, do we have to say goodbye

Say why, do we have to say goodbye

Say why, my friend, say why


Say when, will we ever meet again

Say when, will we ever meet again

Say when, will we ever meet again

Say when, my friend, say when

 

Say where, and I'll meet you right there

Say where, and I'll meet you right there

Say where, and I'll meet you right there

Say where, my friend, say where

 

Say why, do we have to say goodbye

Say when, will we ever meet again

Say where, and I'll meet you right there

Say why, say when, say where! 

 

 

Shalom, chaverim!  Shalom, chaverim!

Shalom.

Le hit ra ot, le hit ra ot,

Shalom.

 

Farewell, good friends, Farewell, good friends,

Farewell, farewell!

Till we meet again, Till we meet again,

Farewell, farewell.

 

13.  Softly Falls the Light of Day Old German Melody

 

Softly falls the light of day

As our campfire fades away

Silently each Guide should ask

Have I done my daily task?

Have I kept my honour bright?

Can I guiltless sleep tonight?

Have I done and have I dared

Everything to be prepared?

 

 

Day is done, Gone the sun,

From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.

All is well, Safely rest.  God is nigh.

 

Thanks and praise, for our days,

‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky,

As we go, this we know.  God is nigh.

 

15.  Whippoorwill (2-Part Round) – Anne H. Chapin & Kent Conn

 

Gone to bed is the setting sun.

Night is coming and day is done.

Whippoorwill, whippoorwill has just begun.

 

16.  Witchcraft Margaret Snyder

 

If there was witchcraft I'd make two wishes

A winding road that beckons me to roam

And then I'd wish for a blazing campfire

To welcome me when I'm returning home

But in this real world there is no witchcraft

And golden wishes do not grow on trees

And so our daydreams must be

To welcome back these golden memories

Memories of friendship constant and true

Memories I'll cherish, Girl Guide camp and you

 

17.  With the Scent of Woodsmoke

 

With the scent of woodsmoke drifting on the air,

And the glow of firelight we always love to share,

Visions of campfires all return,

And as the logs flame up and burn,

We dream of bygone campfires and long for those to come.

 

Tongues of yellow fire flickering up on high,

Reaching twisting fingers up to a starlit sky,

Voices recall songs old and new,

Songs once dear to our fathers too,

Who dreamed of bygone campfires and longed for those to come.

 

Gently dying embers cast a rosy glow,

Voices slowly sinking to tones so soft and low,

Slowly upon the still night air,

Fall faithful voices hushed in prayer,

That dream of bygone campfires and long for those to come.

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.
- Oscar Wilde