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Evensong is hushed in silence

Evensong is hushed in silence

Author: John Purchas (1866: the refrain alt.)
Tune: EVENING HYMN (Maude)
Published in 10 hymnals

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1. Evensong is hushed in silence,
And the hour of rest is nigh;
Strengthen us for work tomorrow,
Jesus, Son of God most high!
Thou who in the village workshop,
Fashioning the yoke and plough,
Didst eat bread of daily labor,
Succor them that labor now.

We are weary of life-long toil,
Of sorrow, and pain, and sin;
But there is a City with streets of gold,
And all is peace within.

2. How are we to reach that City,
Whose delights no tongue may tell?
By the faith that looks to Jesus,
By a life of doing well.
Sinful men and sinful women,
He will wash our sins away;
He will take us to the sheepfold
Whence no sheep can ever stray [Refrain]

3. There the dear ones who have left us
We shall some day meet again;
There will be no bitter partings,
No more sorrow, death or pain.
Evensong has closed in silence,
And the hour of rest is nigh;
Lighten Thou our darkness, Jesus,
Savior, Son of God most high! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1381

Author: John Purchas

Purchas, John, M.A., was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge (B.A. 1844) and became in 1866 the Minister of St. James's, Brighton. The prosecution which he underwent in connection with his ritual observances, is matter of history. His hymn in the St. Margaret's Hymnal (East Grinstead), "Evensong is hushed in silence" (Evening), was written for St. James's, Brighton, circa 1866, and was pub. with music by J. E. Roe. It is a hymn full of hopefulness with a sad undercurrent of weariness and pain. Mr. Purchas was born in Cambridge in 1823, and died Oct. 18, 1872. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Evensong is hushed in silence
Author: John Purchas (1866: the refrain alt.)
Meter: D with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Treading the path of lifelong toil



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