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Softly Fades the Twilight Ray

Softly fades the twilight ray

Author: Samuel Francis Smith
Published in 207 hymnals

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1 Softly fades the twilight ray,
Of the holy Sabbath day;
Gently as life’s setting sun,
When the Christian’s course is run,
When the Christian’s course is run.

Holy Sabbath, softly fading,
Gently as life’s setting sun.

2 Night her solemn mantle spreads
O’er the earth as daylight fades;
All things tell of calm repose,
At the holy Sabbath’s close,
At the holy Sabbath’s close. [Refrain]

3 Peace is on the world abroad;
‘Tis the holy peace of God,
Symbol of the peace within
When the spirit rests from sin,
When the spirit rests from sin. [Refrain]

4 Still the Spirit lingers near,
Where the evening worshiper
Seeks communion with the skies,
Pressing onward to the prize,
Pressing onward to the prize. [Refrain]

5 Saviour, may our Sabbaths be
Days of joy and peace in Thee,
Till in heav’n our souls repose,
Where the Sabbath ne’er shall close,
Where the Sabbath ne’er shall close. [Refrain]

Source: Progressive Sunday School Songs #81

Author: Samuel Francis Smith

Smith, Samuel Francis, D.D., was born in Boston, U.S.A., Oct. 21, 1808, and graduated in arts at Harvard, and in theology at Andover. He entered the Baptist ministry in 1832, and became the same year editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. He also contributed to the Encyclopaedia Americana. From 1834 to 1842 he was pastor at Waterville, Maine, and Professor of Modern Languages in Waterville College. In 1842 he removed to Newton, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1854, when he became the editor of the publications of the Baptist Missionary Union. With Baron Stow he prepared the Baptist collection known as The Psalmist, published in 1843, to which he contributed several hymns. The Psalmist is the most creditable and influential of… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Softly fades the twilight ray
Title: Softly Fades the Twilight Ray
Author: Samuel Francis Smith
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Holy Sabbath
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #6237
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AGO Founders Hymnal #84

The Baptist Hymnal #61


The Cyber Hymnal #6237

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