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]
Rv William Orcutt Cushing USA 1823-1903. Born at Hingham, MA, he read the Bible as a teenager and became a follower of the Orthodox Christian school of thought. At age 18 he decided to become a minister, following in his parents theology. His first pastorate was at the Christian Church, Searsburg, NY. He married Hena Proper in 1854. She was a great help to him throughout his ministry. He ministered at several NY locations over the years, including Searsburg, Auburn, Brookley, Buffalo, and Sparta. Hena died in 1870, and he returned to Searsburg, again serving as pastor there. Working diligently with the Sunday school, he was dearly beloved by young and old. Soon after, he developed a creeping paralysis that caused him to lose his… 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