One Day Nearer Home

Over the hills the sun is setting

Author: Alice Carey
Published in 82 hymnals

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1 O’er the hills the sun is setting,
And the eve is drawing on;
Slowly drops the gentle twilight,
For another day is gone.
Gone for aye—its race is over;
Soon the darker shades will come;
Still ‘tis sweet to know at evening
That we’re one day nearer home.

Chorus:
Nearer, nearer,
One day nearer home;
Nearer, nearer,
One day nearer home.

2 Worn and weary, oft the pilgrim
Hails the setting of the sun,
For the goal is one day nearer,
And his journey nearly done;
Thus we feel when o’er the life’s desert
Heart and sandal-sore we roam;
As the twilight gathers o’er us,
We are one day nearer home. [Chorus]

3 Nearer home! yes, one day nearer
To our Father’s house on high,
To the green fields and the fountains
Of the land beyond the sky;
For the heavens grow brighter o’er us,
And the lamps hand in the dome,
And our tents are pitched still closer,
For we’re one day nearer home. [Chorus]

4 “One day nearer,” sings the mar’ner,
As he glides the water o’er,
While the light is softly dying
On his distant native shore;
Thus the Christian on life’s ocean,
As his life-boat cuts the foam,
In the evening cries with rapture,
“I am one day nearer home.” [Chorus]


Source: Gospel Praise Book.: a collection of choice gems of sacred song suitable for church service, gospel praise meetings, and family devotions. (Complete ed.) #20

Author: Alice Carey

Alice Cary (1820-1871) was born and raised in Mount Healthy in Hamilton County, Ohio. Her family had come from Lyme, New Hampshire when her grandfather was given land in return for his service in the Continental Army. She had been nationally recognized as an interpreter of pioneer traditions. Her short story collections depict Mount Healthy as it was transformed from an isolated rural village to a Cincinnati suburb. She and her sister Phoebe wrote for local religious periodicals before Alice moved to New York City. John Greenleaf Whitier praised Alice's stories as "simple, natural, truthful [with] a keen sense of humor and pathos of the comedy and tragedy of life in the country." Her hymn "Along the mountain track of life" was published i… Go to person page >

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First Line: Over the hills the sun is setting
Title: One Day Nearer Home
Author: Alice Carey
Refrain First Line: Nearer home, beautiful home
Copyright: Public Domain

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