Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >
The day, O Lord, is spent. J. M. Neale. [Evening.] First published in his Hymns for Children, 1st series, 1842, No. xviii., in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and given as a daily hymn for use at 6 p.m. It is in a large number of hymn-books, and usually unaltered, as in Thring's Collection, 1882. In the Cooke and Denton Hymnal, 1853, No. 199, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, beginning, "Saviour, abide with us," is a cento, of which st. i. and iv. are by Canon W. Cooke, and st. ii. and iii., the corresponding stanzas of this hymn, by Dr. Neale. This cento is repeated in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, with the omission of the doxology.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
The day, O Lord, is spent, p. 1147, ii. Dr. Neale's original form of this hymn was given in his Hymns for Children, 1843, as "Saviour, abide with us." His revised text, "The day, O Lord, is spent," appeared in the 2nd ed. of the Hymns for Children, 1844. The statement that "Saviour, abide with us" is a cento by Canon W. Cooke is an error.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)