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He was there alone, when even had round the earth

He was there alone, when even had round the earth

Author: John Bowring
Published in 5 hymnals

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He was there alone, when even
Had round earth its mantle thrown,
Holding intercourse with heaven:
He was there alone.

There his inmost heart’s emotion
Made he to his Father known;
In the spirit of devotion
Musing there alone.

So let us, from earth retiring,
Seek our God and Father’s throne;
And, to other scenes aspiring,
Train our hearts, alone.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #118

Author: John Bowring

James Bowring was born at Exeter, in 1792. He possessed at an early age a remarkable power of attaining languages, and acquired some reputation by his metrical translations of foreign poems. He became editor of "The Westminster Review" in 1825, and was elected to Parliament in 1835. In 1849, he was appointed Consul at Canton, and in 1854, was made Governor of Hong Kong, and received the honour of knighthood. He is the author of some important works on politics and travel, and is the recipient of several testimonials from foreign governments and societies. His poems and hymns have also added to his reputation. His "Matins and Vespers" have passed through many editions. In religion he is a Unitarian. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charl… Go to person page >

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First Line: He was there alone, when even had round the earth
Author: John Bowring


He was there alone, when even. Sir J. Bowring. [Retirement and Devotion.] Appeared in his Hymns, 1825, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1848 it was given in Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, Boston, in 3 stanzas. In this form it has been repeated in a few modern Unitarian collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #118Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #118Page Scan
Minnetonka Songs: for Sabbath Schools, compiled especially for the Minnetonka Sabbath-School Assembly #36Page Scan
Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d93
Welcome Tidings: a new collection of sacred songs for the Sunday School #123Page Scan