Whippoorwill

When the daylight dies

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [When the daylight dies]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When the daylight dies
In the distant west,
When the robin flies
To his place of rest,
And the shadows fall
Over plain and hill,—
Hear the plaintive call
Of the whippoorwill.

Chorus:
Whippoorwill,
Whippoorwill!
In the twilight somber and still,
Sending notes of love to our God above,
Hear the call of the whippoorwill!

2 When the children sleep,
And the Savior dear,
Faithful watch to keep
O’er their souls, is near,
Little whippoorwill
Sings his tender lay,—
Praises God until
Comes the break of day. [Chorus]

3 Tho’ he sings at night
When the world is still,
It is his delight
To obey God’s will;
And this lesson bright
He doth send abroad;
All may find delight
In obeying God! [Chorus]


Source: Inspiring songs No. 1: for the Sunday school #73

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the daylight dies
Title: Whippoorwill
Author: James Rowe
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Whippoorwill
Publication Date: 1906
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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