The day is past and gone

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This is an hymn by John Leland, 1792. Meter is 66. 86 (S.M.).

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Writings of the Late Elder John Leland, 1845

Evening Hymn
1. The day is past and gone,
The evening shades appear;
O may we all remember well
The night of death draws near.

2. We lay our garments by,
Upon our beds to rest;
So death will soon disrobe us all
Of what we've here possessed.

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

4. And if we early rise,
And view the unwearied sun,
May we set out to win the prize
And after glory run.

5. And when our days are past,
And we from time remove,
may we in thy bosom rest,
The bosom of thy love.

 

Strong, Hartford Selection of Hymns, 1799

Evening Hymn
1. The day is past and gone,
The evening shades appear,
Oh, may I ever keep in mind,
The night of death draws near,

2. I lay my garments by,
Upon my bed to rest;
So death will soon remove me hence,
And leave my soul undressed.

3. Lord, keep me safe this night,
Secure from all my fears:
May angels guard me while I sleep,
Till morning light appears.

4. And when I early rise,
To view the unwearied sun,
May I set out to win the prize,
And after glory run:

5. That when my days are past,
And I from time remove,
Lord I may in thy bosom rest,
The bosom of thy love.

 

Parkinson, Selection of Hymns, 1809

Evening Hymn
1. The day is past and gone;
The evening shades appear;
Oh! may we all remember well
The night of death is near.

2. We lay our garments by,
Upon our beds to rest,
So death will soon disrobe us all
of what we here possessed.

3. Lord, keep us safe this night,
Secure from all our fears,
Beneath the pinions of thy love,
Till morning light appears.

4. And when we early rise,
And view the unclouded sun,
May we set out to win the prize,
And after glory run.

5. And when our days are past,
And we from time remove,
O! may we in thy bosom rest —
The bosom of thy love!

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