As now the sun's declining rays

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1 As now the sun's declining rays
at eventide descend,
so life's brief day is sinking down
to its appointed end.

2 Lord, on the cross thine arms were stretched
to draw thy people nigh:
O grant us then that cross to love,
and in those arms to die.

3 All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #11

Author: Charles Coffin

Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words. "In his porro scribendis Hymnis non tam poetico indulgendunv spiritui, quam nitoro et pietate co… Go to person page >

Translator: John Chandler

John Chandler, one of the most successful translators of hymns, was born at Witley in Surrey, June 16, 1806. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1830. Ordained deacon in 1831 and priest in 1832, he succeeded his father as the patron and vicar of Whitley, in 1837. His first volume, entitled The Hymns of the Primitive Church, now first Collected, Translated and Arranged, 1837, contained 100 hymns, for the most part ancient, with a few additions from the Paris Breviary of 1736. Four years later, he republished this volume under the title of hymns of the Church, mostly primitive, collected, translated and arranged for public use, 1841. Other publications include a Life of William of Wykeham, 1842, and Horae s… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: As now the sun's declining rays
Latin Title: Labente jam solis rota
Translator: John Chandler (1837)
Author: Charles Coffin (1736)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Labente jam solis rota. C. Coffin. [Afternoon, Sunday.] Appeared in his Hymni Sacri, 1736, p. 93, as "Prono volutus impetu," and again in the Paris Breviary the same year, as "Labente jam solis rota." It is also in J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, No. 8, and in Card. Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. Translated as:— 1. Now the day's declining wheel. By I. Williams, in the British Magazine, Jan. 1834; and again in his Hymns translated from the Parisian Breviary, 1839, p. 9, in 14 irregular lines. Rearranged as a hymn in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, in 4 of L.M., it was given in the English Hymnal, 1852, No. 10, and repeated in 1856 and 1861. 2. As now the sun's declining rays. By J. Chandler, in his Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, p. 7. It was soon incorporated in several hymnbooks as an afternoon hymn, and gradually grew in favour until few modern hymnbooks of the first rank are found without it. Usually the text is given without alteration as in the People's Hymnal, 1867. The text of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861 and 1875, is Chandler altered by the Compilers, the changes being in stanza i. and the doxology. This text is repeated in Thring's Collection, 1882, and others. In Kennedy, 1863, Chandler's translation is revised by the Editor. --Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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HOLY TRINITY (Barnby)


ST. COLUMBA (Irish)


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A Church Hymn Book: for the use of congregations of the United Church of England and Ireland #191Page Scan
A Church of England Hymn Book: adapted to the daily services of the Church throughout the year #18
A Treasury of Hymns, the Best-Loved Hymns, Carols ... #d13
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #11Text
Book of Common Praise #d34
Church Hymnal, Fourth Edition #13
Church Hymnal, Third Edition #17
Church Hymns with Tunes #14
Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #11Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #11aTextPage Scan
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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #43TextPage Scan
Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #358Page Scan
Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #22Page Scan
Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book: suited to the special seasons of the Christian year, and other occasions of public worship, as well as for use in the Sunday-school...With accompanying tunes #269Page Scan
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Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #358Text
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Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition #16
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised #29
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Hymns for Public Worship in the Diocese of Fredericton. 2nd ed. #d6
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #37
Immanuel Hymnal #d26
In Excelsis: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #82Page Scan
Laudent Omnes #d11
Song Sermons for General Use and Special Services #126Page Scan
The Academic Hymnal #11Page Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #52Page Scan
The Book of Common Praise #d35
The Book of Common Praise, being the Hymn Book of the Church of England in Canada. Annotated ed. #d35
The Book of Common Praise: being the hymn book of The Church of England in Canada (revised 1938) #37
The Church Hymnal Revised: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general convetions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occastions #24Page Scan
The Church Hymnal with Canticles #358Page Scan
The Church Hymnal: a collection of hymns from the Prayer book hymnal, Additional hymns, and Hymns ancient and modern, and Hymns for church and home. For use in Churches where licensed by the Bishop #326Page Scan
The Churchman's Hymn-Book, a Collection of Hymns Old and New, for Use in the Services of the Church #d25
The Cyber Hymnal #197TextScoreAudio
The English Hymnal #265
The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #10Page Scan
The Hymnal #510Text
The Hymnal : published in 1895 and revised in 1911 by authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America : with the supplement of 1917 #33Page Scan
The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #30aTextPage Scan
The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #30bTextPage Scan
The Hymnal: published by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #13TextPage Scan
The Hymnal: published in 1895 and revised in 1911 by authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #33Page Scan
The Hymnal: with tunes old and new #358Page Scan
The New English Hymnal #242TextPage Scan
The Oxford Hymn Book #14
The Sarum Hymnal #18
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