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Hail, tranquil hour of closing day

Hail, tranquil hour of closing day

Author: Leonard Bacon
Published in 65 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Hail, tranquil hour of closing day!
Begone, disturbing care!
And look, my soul, from earth away
To Him who heareth prayer.

2 How sweet the tear of penitence,
Before His throne of grace,
While to the contrite spirit’s sense,
He shows his smiling face.

3 How sweet, thro’ long remembered years,
His mercies to recall,
And pressed by wants, and griefs, and fears,
To trust His love for all.

4 How sweet to look, in thoughtful hope,
Beyond this fading sky,
And hear Him call His children up
To His fair home on high.

5 Calmly the day forsakes our heaven
To dawn beyond the west;
So let my soul in life’s last ev’n,
Retire to glorious rest.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #328

Author: Leonard Bacon

Leonard Bacon, D.D., was born in Detroit (where his father was a missionary to the Indians), February 19, 1802, and educated at Yale college and at Andover. In 1825 he was ordained Pastor of the Centre Church, New Haven, and retained that charge until 1866, when he was appointed Professor of Theology in Yale Divinity School. This professorship he resigned in 1871; but till his death in 1881, he was Lecturer on Church Polity. He died December 23, 1881. Dr. Bacon rendered important service to hymnology both as writer and compiler. While a student at Andover, he edited an important and now rare tract entitled Hymns and Sacred Songs for the Monthly Concert [of Prayer for Missions], Andover, September 1823. This contained the three hymns fo… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hail, tranquil hour of closing day
Author: Leonard Bacon
Copyright: Public Domain


In 1845 Dr. Bacon was joint compiler with Dr. E. T. Fitch, and several others, of Psalms & Hymns for Christian Use and Worship,, pub. "by the General Association of Connecticut."
To this collection he contributed the following:-

  • Hail, tranquil hour of closing day. Evening. This popular hymns was written under the same circumstances as the preceding, and as a substitute for Mr.s Brown's Twilight hymn, "I love to steal awhile away." It is No. 706 of the Psalms & Hymns, 1845, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Evening Twilight."

    -- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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