1 Day is far spent, the shadows lengthen round us,
Bright shine the gates of sunset on our sight;
Break one by one the tender ties that bound us,
Yet to our souls at evening there is light.
Long tossed by waves, by tempests beat and broken,
Fair sleeps our port beneath the sunset blest;
Calmly we glide to realms of peace unbroken,
In that bright haven of eternal rest.
2 Breezes of balm blow from those shores immortal;
Soft sleep the billows in the radiance fair;
Angelic forms beside each heav’nly portal
Wait to receive, and bid us welcome there.
No foeman’s oar shall vex those placid waters,
No gallant ship shall ever pass thereby;
No parting friends, or weeping sons and daughters,
Shall breathe their sighs beneath that cloudless day.
3 Hushed is the jar of earth’s discordant noises;
Blest is the silence, holy is the calm;
While from the shore sound pure immortal voices,
Chanting sweet snatches of an angel’s psalm.
Farewell to earth, its sorrows and its gladness;
Its clouds and gloom are fading from my sight;
Welcome the shores that know no tears or sadness,
The day declines; at evening there is light!
Hastings, Horace Lorenzo, was born at Blandford, Mass., Nov. 26, 1831; commenced writing hymns, and preaching, in his 17th year, and laboured as an evangelist in various parts of the U. S. In 1866 he established The Christian, a monthly paper, in which many of his hymns have appeared, and in 1865 the Scriptural Tract Repository in Boston. He published Social Hymns, Original and Selected, Boston, 1865; Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part i., 1880; and in August, 1886, the same completed, to tho extent of 1533 hymns, 450 of which are original and signed "H." The best known of these is "Shall we meet beyond the river," written in N. Y. city, 1858, and lately published as a leaflet in 14 stanzas of 8 lines. The text i… Go to person page >
Display Title: Light At EventideFirst Line: Day is far spent, the shadows lengthen round usTune Title: GLENDALEAuthor: Horace L. HastingsSource: Songs of Pilgrimage (Boston: Scriptural Tract Repository, 1888)