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The day is past and gone

The day is past and gone, The evening shades appear

Author: John Leland (1792)
Published in 554 hymnals

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

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

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.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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 >

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First Line: The day is past and gone, The evening shades appear
Title: The day is past and gone
Author: John Leland (1792)
Language: English