One Day Nearer Home

Over the hills the sun is setting

Author: Alice Carey
Published in 83 hymnals

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1 O'er the hill 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 dark’ning shades will come,
Still 'tis sweet to know at evening,
We are one day nearer home.
Still 'tis sweet to know at evening,
We are one day nearer home.

Chorus:
Nearer home, nearer home,
Oh, ‘tis always sweet to know
We are one day nearer home,
Nearer home; nearer home,
Oh, ‘tis always sweet to know at even,
We are one day nearer home.

2 One day nearer, sings the sailor,
As he glides the waters o'er,
While the light is softly dying,
On his distant native shore,
Thus the Christian, on life's ocean,
As his lightboat cuts the foam,
In the evening cries with rapture,
I am one day nearer home.
In the evening cries with rapture,
I am one day nearer home. [Chorus]

3 Nearer home, yes, one day nearer,
To our home beyond the sky,
To the green fields and the fountains,
In our Father’s home on high,
For the heav’ns are growing brighter,
And the lamps hang in the dome,
And our hearts are growing lighter,
For we're one day nearer home. [Chorus]

Coda:
Father, be near when my feet
Are slipping o’er the brink,
For it may be I am nearer home,
Nearer now than I think.


Source: Pilot Hymns #285

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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