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Sweet is the last, the parting ray

Sweet is the last, the parting ray

Author: Charles Jenkins
Published in 23 hymnals

Author: Charles Jenkins

Jenkins, Charles. (Barnstable, Massachusetts, August 28, 1786--December 28, 1831, Portland, Maine). Son of Southworth and Huldah (wright) Jenkins. Married (1) Ruth Benjamin (1794-1822); (2) Amelia Leavitt. Two children. Congregational poster. Served in Greenfield, Mass., in the early 1820s and finally the Third Congregational Church, Portland, Maine, from 1824 until his death. Jenkins was a well-known clergyman and a preacher noted for his powerful, evangelical massages. He published several collections of sermons. In 1827, he quoted from his pulpit in Portland a poem, "Sweet is the last, the parting ray," which was later set to music. Although the congregation assumed this poem to be of his own composition, his authorship has never been… Go to person page >

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First Line: Sweet is the last, the parting ray
Author: Charles Jenkins

Notes

Sweet is the last, the parting ray. [Saturday Evening.] This hymn is usually attributed to Charles Jenkins, for some years a Congregational Minister in Portland, Maine, but upon insufficient evidence. D. C. Colsworthy, says that it was repeated by Mr. Jenkins in a sermon, and the congregation supposed it to have been his own. No other claimant having appeared it is often attributed to him on this uncertain ground. J. Curtis, in his Union Collection, London, 1827, No. 519, gives it as from the "American Monthly Magazine." [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances (1 - 23 of 23)
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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #106

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A Selection of Sacred Songs #106

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #859

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d823

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Church Choral-Book #137

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Church Choral-Book #147

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #5

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Church Psalmist #595

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Church Psalmist #595

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Church Psalmist #595

Hymns for Second Advent Believers #d111

Mother's Hymn Book . New ed. #d118

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Parish Hymns #472

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Seamen's Hymns #595

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d552

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Social Psalmist #595

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #111

Songs for the School Room #d105

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The Congregational Hymn Book #644

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The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book #H229

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The Mother's Hymn Book #14

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D401

The Vestry Hymn Book #d423

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