The breaking day

I was once a thoughtless wanderer

Author: Edwin H. Nevin
Published in 9 hymnals

Representative Text

1 I was once a thoughtless wanderer,
Far away from God;
Earthly cares absorb'd and charm'd me,
Sinful paths I trod.
Some around me found their Saviour,
And from guilt were free;
Joyous were their hopes of heaven:
'Twas not so with me.

2 I was troubled with my burden,
Hard it was to bear;
Rest I sought, but could not find it,
Peace I could not share.
I had stray'd and sinn'd so often
Lost I seem'd to be;
Many were in Jesus happy:
'Twas not so with me.

3 Now, deliver'd from my burden,
Peace and joy are mine;
On my heart are ever falling
Beams of light divine.
I have sought and found my Saviour;
Dear he seems to be;
And as others loved and praised him,
Now 'tis so with me.

4 Sinner worn with grief and sorrow,
Come to Jesus now,
Let your heart with true repentance
Low before him bow;
He invites you, he entreats you,
"Sinner, come to me!"
And while others are rejoicing,
'Twill be so with me.

Source: The New Sabbath School Hosanna: enlarged and improved: a choice collection of popular hymns and tunes, original and selected: for the Sunday school and the family circle... #34

Author: Edwin H. Nevin

Nevin, Edwin Henry, D.D., son of Major David Nevin, was born at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1814. He graduated in Arts at Jefferson College, 1833; and in Theology at Princeton Seminary, in 1836. He held several pastorates as a Presbyterian Minister from 1836 to 1857; then as a Congregational Minister from 1857 to 1868; and then, after a rest of six years through ill health, as a Minister of the Reformed Church, first at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in Philadelphia. Dr. Nevin is the author of several hymns, the more important of which are:— 1. Always with me [us], always with [us] me. Jesus always present. 2. Come up hither, come away. Invitation Heavenward. 3. Happy, Saviour, would I be. Trust. This is given in t… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I was once a thoughtless wanderer
Title: The breaking day
Author: Edwin H. Nevin
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)

American Sunday School Hymn Book. 2nd ed. #a185

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American Sunday School Hymn Book. New ed. #aa185

Gems of Song #d6

Hymns for Sabbath School Use #d16

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Songs for the Sabbath School and Vestry #95

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The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book #185

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The New Sabbath School Hosanna #34

The Sabbath School Hosanna #d73

Union Hymnal and music #d6

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