1 Quiet is the hour of even,
Ere the Sabbath from us part:
E’en as tho’ the ear of Heaven
Listened at earth’s beating heart.
Gently round the night is falling,
O’er the silent world abroad;
Liquid bells are sweetly calling
Footsteps to the house of God.
2 And God’s angel still doth linger
Ere he takes from earth his flight:
Pointing with his lifted finger
Up the starry path of light.
One by one they silent gather
Round the sprinkled mercy seat;
One by one they seek the Father,
Humbly cast at Jesus’ feet.
3 On the knee of deep contrition
Bends each soul in earnest prayer;
On the wings of strong petition
Wafts to God its every care.
Listen to the bell’s sweet calling!
Thus the holy Sabbath crown!
And as dews are gently falling,
Shall the peace of God come down.
Pseudonym: R. E. Jeremy.
Rankin, Jeremiah Eames, D.D., was born at Thornton, New Haven, Jan. 2, 1828, and educated at Middleburg College, Vermont, and at Andover. For two years he resided at Potsdam, U.S. Subsequently he held pastoral charges as a Congregational Minister at New York, St. Albans, Charlestown, Washington ( District of Columbia), &c. In 1878 he edited the Gospel Temperance Hymnal, and later the Gospel Bells. His hymns appeared in these collections, and in D. E. Jones's Songs of the New Life, 1869. His best known hymn is "Labouring and heavy laden" (Seeking Christ). This was "written [in 1855] for a sister who was an inquirer," was first printed in the Boston Recorder, and then included in Nason's Congregational Hymn Book,… Go to person page >
Display Title: Sabbath EveningFirst Line: Quiet is the hour of evenTune Title: BEKASIAuthor: Jeremiah E. RankinMeter: 87.87 DSource: Songs of the Golden Shore by Daniel Hodges (New York and Boston: Charles T. Dillingham and Lee & Shepard, 1879)