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An Evening Hymn (Jónsson)

The sun sinks o'er the western sea

Author: Arnór Jónsson; Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Published in 1 hymnal

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The sun sinks o'er the western sea,
Swift fades the light of day;
Thus ends another stage for me
Of life's soon travelled way.

Whether athwart the eastern skies,
With morning glories strown,
A new-born day for me shall rise,
God knows, and God alone.

Enough for me to know that life
Moves to its certain goal,
And that the hour of mortal strife
My Father's hands control.

Enough to feel (and so in peace
To rest, dear Lord, I go);
Thy care for me can never cease,
Thy love ne'er weary grow.

Father of love, to Thee we bow;
Do Thou in mercy keep
Our land, our home in peace, as now
We lay us down to sleep.

Source: Passion-Hymns of Iceland, The #29

Author: Arnór Jónsson

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Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher

Pilcher, Charles Venn. (Oxford, June 4, 1879--July 4, 1961, Sydney, Australia). Anglican. Grandnephew of Charlotte Elliott. Hertford College, Oxford, B.A., 1902; M.A., 1905; B.D., 1909; D.D., 1921. Curacies at Birmingham, 1903-1905; St. James, Toronto, 1910-1916; taught theology at Auckland Castle, England, 1905-1906, and at Wycliffe College, Toronto, 1916-1936. Elected coadjutor bishop of Sydney, Australia, at the instance of a former Wycliffe colleague, Archbishop Mowll. He composed hymn tunes and other music, and long played bass clarinet in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Also, he translated and published much devotional material from Iceland, notably Iceland Christian Classics (1950). These side interests, like his hymn writing, merely… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The sun sinks o'er the western sea
Title: An Evening Hymn (Jónsson)
Author: Arnór Jónsson
Translator: Charles Venn Pilcher
Meter: D
Language: English