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[Day is dying in the west] (Sherwin)

[Day is dying in the west] (Sherwin)

Composer: William F. Sherwin (1877)
Published in 163 hymnals

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Composer: William F. Sherwin

Sherwin, William Fisk, an American Baptist, was born at Buckland, Massachusetts, March 14,1826. His educational opportunities, so far as schools were concerned, were few, but he made excellent use of his time and surroundings. At fifteen he went to Boston and studied music under Dr. Mason: In due course he became a teacher of vocal music, and held several important appointments in Massachusetts; in Hudson and Albany, New York County, and then in New York City. Taking special interest in Sunday Schools, he composed carols and hymn-tunes largely for their use, and was associated with the Rev. R. Lowry and others in preparing Bright Jewels, and other popular Sunday School hymn and tune books. A few of his melodies are known in Great Britain th… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: William F. Sherwin (1877)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 111D6 545U1 11D65 4577
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain


William Fiske Sherwin (b. Buckland, MA, 1826; d. Boston, MA, 1888) composed EVENING PRAISE (also called CHAUTAUQUA) in 1877 as the tune to Mary A. Lathbury's text "Day Is Dying in the West." The text and tune were included in the hymnal (1878), and the song was sung at vespers at the Lake Chautauqua assembly in New York for more than one hundred years (see PHH 282 for information on the Chautauqua Institution). Although he lacked much formal education, Sherwin's interest in music prompted him to attend singing schools and to study with Lowell Mason (PHH 96) and George Webb (PHH 559). He became the music director at Pearl Street Baptist Church in Albany and a teacher at the Albany Female Seminary. Later he taught voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1874 Methodist Bishop John H. Vincent, founder of the Chautauqua Assembly in New York State, asked Sherwin to organize and direct the Assembly's choruses. Sherwin retained that position until his death. He wrote few hymn texts but many hymn tunes and contributed to song collections such as Robert Lowry's Bright Jewels (1869) and Silas Vail's Songs of Grace and Glory (1874). EVENING PRAISE neatly reserves its melodic climax for the final phrase of the refrain. Perform this psalm at a good tempo, with two beats per measure. Try the following for a beautiful rendition of this song: sing stanza 1 together, gather the children to sing stanza 2 (memorized ahead of time), and sing stanzas 3 and 4 unaccompanied and stanza 5 with solid accompaniment. The refrain should always be accompanied. Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) composed the descant in 1987 for the Psalter Hymnal. The key lends itself well to voices as well as instruments such as recorders, flutes, or violins. Just before the refrain is an option of A-C-sharp-D or, if A is too high for comfortable performance, F-sharp-E-D. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #553
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1168
Text: Day Is Dying in the West
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3955
Text: Lord, Our Lord, Thy Glorious Name
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6593
Text: Thou Hast Been Our Guide This Day
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #8
Text: LORD, Our LORD, Your Glorious Name
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #687
Text: Day is Dying in the West
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)


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Chalice Hymnal #51Text
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Great Songs of the Church #37
Himnos de la Iglesia #96
Hymns of Faith #540TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #45
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #500TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #109Page Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #8BTextAudioPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #8Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #51
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #590
Sing Joyfully #585TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #264Audio
Songs for Life #15Text
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #148Text
The Cyber Hymnal #1168TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3955TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6593TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #22TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #364
The United Methodist Hymnal #687TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #319TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #828Text
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #408TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #730Text
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #38TextAudio
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #500
Include 133 pre-1979 instances
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