Time is earnest, passing by

Time is earnest, passing by

Author: Sidney Dyer
Published in 37 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Time is earnest, passing by;
Death is earnest, drawing nigh;
Sinner, wilt thou trifling be?
Time and death appeal to Thee.

2 Life is earnest; when 'tis o'er,
Thou returnest never more;
Soon to meet eternity;
Wilt Thou never serious be?

3 God is earnest; kneel and pray,
Ere thy season pass away;
Ere He set His judgment throne—
Vengeance ready, mercy gone.

4 O be earnest! death is near;
Thou wilt perish, ling'ring here:
Sleep no longer, rise and flee;
Lo! thy Saviour waits for thee!

Source: Redemption Songs: a choice collection of 1000 hymns and choruses for evangelistic meetings, solo singers, choirs and the home #262

Author: Sidney Dyer

Dyer, Sidney, who served in the U. S. Army from 1831 to c. 1840, is a native of White Creek, Washington County, New York, where he was born in 1814. On leaving the army he was ordained a Baptist Minister in 1842, and acted first as a Missionary to the Choctaws, then as Pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana (1852), and as Secretary to the Baptist Publication Society, Phila. (1859). He has published sundry works, and in the Southwestern Psalmist, 1851, 16 of his hymns are found. The following are later and undated:— 1. Go, preach the blest salvation. Missions. In the Baptist Praise Book, 1871, and The Baptist Hymn & Tune Book, 1871. 2. Great Framer [Maker] of unnumbered worlds. National Humiliation. In the Boston Unitarian Hymn [an… Go to person page >

Notes

Time is earnest, passing by. [Old and New Year.] This popular Sunday School hymn appeared in three publications in the same year, and in each case anonymously. (1) It is found in Sidney Dyer's American Southwestern Psalmist, 1851 and signed "Anon."; (2) again in an American paper called Independent, 1851; (3) and again, in England, in The Bible Class Magazine, 1851, with the signature “Independent," the name of the American paper from which it was taken. It was in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. Subsequently it was reprinted in The Bible Class Magazine, with music by Mr. Joseph Dyer, the School¬master of the Wesleyan School, Pocklington. Miller says (Singers & Songs, &c, 1869, p. 551) that “it also appeared in Select Music for the Young (Sunday School Union), where it is headed, 'All Things Earnest; composed by Joseph Dyer.'" This curious association of two men of the name of Dyer with the hymn, the first in America, and the second in England, has led to its authorship being attributed at one time to Sidney Dyer, and at another to Joseph Dyer, and in each case without authority of any weight. Usually the hymn is given in an abbreviated form of 5 stanzas as in the Universal Hymn Book, 1885, the Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887, and others. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

Instances (1 - 37 of 37)

Choice Hymns of the Faith #d449

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Christian Hymns: for church, school and home: with music #126

Gospel Praise Book #d272

Gospel Praise Book, enlarged ed. #d130

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Hymns of Grace and Truth #303

Hymns of Grace and Truth. 2nd ed. #d341

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Jewels of Praise #103

New Standard Singer #d229

New Standard Singer, Pt. 1-7 #d233

Notes of Joy, for the Sabbath School #d145

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Redemption Songs: a choice collection of 1000 hymns and choruses for evangelistic meetings, solo singers, choirs and the home #262

Sabbath Songs and Spiritual Hymns #d103

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Sacred Songs & Solos: Nos 1. and 2. Combined #267

Sacred Songs and Solos: with standard hymns, combined: 750 pieces #267

Salvation Soldier's Song Book #d239

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Songs of Delight, for the Sunday School #27

Songs of Love for the Bible School #d141

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Songs of Praise with Tunes #201

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Sursum Corda: a book of praise #348

The American Hymnal #d624

The Canadian Hymnal #d313

The Canadian Hymnal #d386

The Canadian Hymnal #d387

The Charm #d94

The Church Hymn Book #d1036

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The Cyber Hymnal #11385

The Salvation Soldier's Song Book #d114

The Salvation Soldier's Song Book #d202

The Song Book of the Salvation Army #d840

The South Western Psalmist #d407

The Village Hymn book #d278

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