The Traveler

Traveler, haste, the night comes on

Author: William Bengo Collyer
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1 Haste, traveler, haste! the night come son,
And many a shining hour is gone;
The storm is gathering in the west,
And thou art far from home and rest.

2 Then linger not in all the plain,
Flee for thy life, the mountain gain;
Look not behind, make no delay,
O speed thee, speed thee on thy way.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #394

Author: William Bengo Collyer

William Bengo Collyer was born at Blackheath Hill, in 1782, and studied at Homerton College. Before completing his twentieth year he became pastor of a Congregational society at Peckham, continuing in that position through his life. He died in 1854. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1808. For many years he was one of the most popular Dissenting ministers in London. He published many hymns and some works on theology. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Traveler, haste, the night comes on
Title: The Traveler
Author: William Bengo Collyer
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Haste, traveller, haste! the night comes on. W. B. Collyer. [Invitation.] Appeared in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 27th edition, 1827, No. 581, Pt. ii., in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, with the refrain “Haste, traveller, haste," to stanzas i.—vi., and "Haste to Him, haste," to stanza vii. It is in use in Great Britain and America. Its original title is "Fleeing from the wrath to come by flying to Christ."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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