1. The day is departing, its hours are past;
The shadows are falling, are falling fast;
The sheaves are at rest on the harvest plain;
The reapers have gathered the golden grain,
The reapers have gathered the golden grain.
Be ready, my soul, for the Lord is near;
The sound of His coming is almost here;
Be ready, for list! they are calling thee!
The bells, the bells of eternity;
The bells, the bells of eternity.
2. The shadows are creeping o’er vale and hill;
The dews on the mountains are soft and still;
I know that the daylight, with wealth untold,
Is fading away on the hills of gold,
Is fading away on the hills of gold. [Refrain]
3. The song of the reapers is far away;
No longer they toil in the harvest day;
The moments, now waiting, will soon be o’er;
The day will be gone, and forevermore,
The day will be gone, and forevermore. [Refrain]
Cushing, William Orcutt , born at Hingham, Massachusetts, Dec. 31, 1823, is the author of the following hymns which appear in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos:—
1. Beautiful valley of Eden. Heaven.
2. Down in the valley with my Saviour I would go. Trusting to Jesus.
3. Fair is the morning land. Heaven.
4. I am resting so sweetly in Jesus now. Rest and Peace in Jesus.
5. I have heard of a land far away. Heaven.
6. O safe to the Rock that is higher than I. The Rock of Ages.
1. Ring the bells of heaven, there is joy today. Heavenly Joy over repenting Sinners.
8. We are watching, we are waiting. Second Advent anticipated.
Mr. Cushing has also several additional hymns in some American Sunday School collections… Go to person page >
Display Title: The Bells of EternityFirst Line: The day is departing, its hours are pastTune Title: [The day is departing, its hours are past]Author: William Orcutt CushingSource: Grateful Praise, by William Kirkpatrick & Henry L. Gilmour (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack Company, 1902), number 80