Hushed Was the Evening Hymn

Hushed was the evening hymn

Author: James Drummond Burns
Tune: SAMUEL (Sullivan)
Published in 218 hymnals

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1 Hushed was the evening hymn,
The temple courts were dark,
The lamp was burning dim
Before the sacred ark;
When suddenly a Voice divine
Rang through the silence of the shrine.

2 The old man, meek and mild,
The priest of Israel, slept;
His watch the temple-child,
The little Levite, kept;
And what from Eli's sense was sealed,
The Lord to Hannah's son revealed.

3 O give me Samuel's ear:
The open ear, O Lord,
Alive and quick to hear
Each whisper of Thy word!
Like him to answer at Thy call,
And to obey Thee first of all.

4 O give me Samuel's heart:
A lowly heart, that waits
Where in Thy house Thou art,
Or watches at Thy gates!
By day and night, a heart that still
Moves at the breathing of Thy will.

5 O give me Samuel's mind:
A sweet, unmurmuring faith,
Obedient and resigned
To Thee in life and death!
That I may read with childlike eyes
Truths that are hidden from the wise.


Source: Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #492

Author: James Drummond Burns

Burns, James Drummond, M.A., was born at Edinburgh, February 18, 1823. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Edinburgh. In 1845 he became Free Church minister of Dunblane, but resigned through failing health, in 1848, and took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Funchal, Madeira. In 1855 he became minister of Hampstead Presbyterian Church, London. Died at Mentone, Nov. 27, 1864, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. His hymns appeared in:— (l) The Vision of Prophecy: and other Poems (Edin., Edmonston and Douglas). This was originally published in 1854, and enlarged in 1858. The Poems are distinguished by vivid colouring and poetic imagination, along with directness, delicacy of execution, pensive sweetness, and t… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hushed was the evening hymn
Title: Hushed Was the Evening Hymn
Author: James Drummond Burns
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Hushed was the evening hymn. J.D. Burns. [The Child Samuel.] Published in his Evening Hymn (a small book of Prayers and Hymns), 1857, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. It is one of the most popular of the author's hymns, is very tender, and worthy of the position to which it has attained.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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