Now Is The Time Approaching

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1 Now is the time approaching,
by prophets long foretold,
when all shall dwell together,
secure and manifold.
Let war be learned no longer,
let strife and tumult cease,
all earth a blessed garden
that God shall tend in peace.

2 Let all that now devides us
remove and bass away,
like mists of early morning
before the blaze of day.
Let all that now unites us
more sweet and lasting prove,
a closer bond of union,
in blessed lands of love.

3 O long-expected dawning,
come with your cheering ray!
Yet shall the promise beckon
and lead us not astray.
O sweet anticipation!
It cheers the watchers on
to pray, and hope, and labor
till Christ's new realm is come.

Source: The New Century Hymnal #609

Author: Jane Borthwick

Miss Jane Borthwick, the translator of this hymn and many others, is of Scottish family. Her sister (Mrs. Eric Findlater) and herself edited "Hymns from the Land of Luther" (1854). She also wrote "Thoughts for Thoughtful Hours (1859), and has contributed numerous poetical pieces to the "Family Treasury," under the signature "H.L.L." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Now is the time approaching
Title: Now Is The Time Approaching
Author: Jane Borthwick (1859)
Meter: D
Language: English



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…

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DAY OF REST (Elliott)


George J. Webb (b. Rushmore Lodge, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, 1803; d. Orange, NJ, 1887) composed WEBB (also known as MORNING LIGHT) on a voyage from England to the United States. The tune was published in The Odeon, a collection of secular music compiled by Webb and Lowell Mason (PHH 96) i…

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