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'Tis gone, that bright and orbed blaze

Author: John Keble

Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >

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First Line: 'Tis gone, that bright and orbed blaze
Author: John Keble


'Tis gone, that bright and orbed blaze. J. Keble. [Evening.] Dated Nov. 25, 1820, and first published in his Christian Year, 1827, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with the text "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. St. Luke xxiv. 29." The centos from this poem in common use are:— 1. Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear. This cento was given in three stanzas in Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1835. This was repeated in numerous hymnals, sometimes in the same form, but usually with additional stanzas, until it has become one of the foremost hymns in the English language. It has been translated into several languages. Those in Latin include, "Sol animae vitaeque meae, praedulcis Jesu" (4 stanzas), by R. Bingham, in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871; and "Sol meus! 0 mi Salvator!" (4 stanzas), by H. M. Macgill, in his Songs of the Christian Creed and Life, 1876. 2. The Rulers of this Christian land. This cento, For those in Authority, is in limited use. 3. Thou Framer of the light and dark. This cento "For the High Court of Parliament" is in the 1863 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms &Hymns; the Hymnal Companion, and others, and is admirably suited for the purpose. 4. When the soft dews of kindly sleep. This cento for Evening was given in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857; the Sarum Hymnal, 1868, and others. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #369Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #577Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #577Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #542Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #645Page Scan
Chapel Hymns and Services #d134
Children's Praise: a book of prayers and hymns for the children of the church #10Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #121Page Scan
Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #117Page Scan
Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d296
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d755
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #146Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #86Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #105Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #948Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #948Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #425Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #425Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #192Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit #170Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #108
Hymns: the Yattendon Hymnal #85Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1289Page Scan
Portsmouth Sunday School Hymn Book #d166
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d739
Revival Hymns #374Page Scan
Services for Congregational Worship #139Page Scan
Songs of the Free, and Hymns of Christian Freedom #d127
Songs of the Soul: gathered out of many lands and ages #32Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1289Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d585
The Harvard University Hymn Book #d265
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... #H227Page Scan
The New Hymn and Tune Book #d470
University Hymn Book for use in the Chapel of Harvard University #d254
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