When Night is Near

Over the valleys the shadows fall

Author: C. Austin Miles
Tune: [Over the valleys the shadows fall]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Over the valleys the shadows fall,
When night is near;
Sweet is the sound of the vesper call,
When night is near;
Silently nature is lulled to rest,
Light gently fades in the glowing west,
Stilled is the sound of the world’s unrest,
When night is near.

When night is near,
Light gently fades in the glowing west,
Stilled is the sound of the world’s unrest,
When night is near.

2 Slowly the shadows about us creep,
When death is near;
Calmly we fall into dreamless sleep,
When death is near;
Joys that were cherished we then despise,
When on life’s pleasures we close our eyes,
Soon to be opened in Paradise—
When death is near.

When death is near;
When on life’s pleasures we close our eyes,
Soon to be opened in Paradise—
When death is near.

3 Sweet is the time in communion giv’n,
When Christ is near;
‘Tis a foretaste of the joys of heaven,
When Christ is near;
Life at his side has an added charm,
Death in his presence cannot alarm,
I shall be held in a mighty arm,
When Christ is near.

When Christ is near;
Death in his presence cannot alarm,
I shall be held in a mighty arm,
When Christ is near.

Source: Songs of the Century #52

Author: C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles USA 1868-1946. Born at Lakehurst, NJ, he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of PA. He became a pharmacist. He married Bertha H Haagen, and they had two sons: Charles and Russell. In 1892 he abandoned his pharmacy career and began writing gospel songs. At first he furnished compositions to the Hall-Mack Publishing Company, but soon became editor and manager, where he worked for 37 years. He felt he was serving God better in the gospel song writing business, than as a pharmacist. He published the following song books: “New songs of the gospel” (1900), “The service of praise” (1900), “The voice of praise” (1904), “The tribute of song” (1904), “New songs of the gospel… Go to person page >

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First Line: Over the valleys the shadows fall
Title: When Night is Near
Author: C. Austin Miles
Refrain First Line: When night is near, light gently fades
Copyright: Public Domain

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