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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


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)



Instances (1 - 23 of 23)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #106Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #106Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #859Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d823
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #137Page Scan
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #147Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #5Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #595Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #595Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #595Page Scan
Hymns for Second Advent Believers #d111
Mother's Hymn Book . New ed. #d118
Parish Hymns: a collection of hymns for public, social, and private worship; selected and original #472Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns #595Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d552
Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #595Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship #111Page Scan
Songs for the School Room #d105
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #644Page Scan
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H229Page Scan
The Mother's Hymn Book: compiled from various authors and private manuscripts: for the use of maternal associations, and for special occasions of social and private worship #14Page Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D401Page Scan
The Vestry Hymn Book #d423
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