As now the sun's declining raysAuthor: Charles Coffin (1736); Translator: John Chandler (1837)
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1 As now the sun's declining rays
at eventide descend,
so life's brief day is sinking down
to its appointed end.
2 Lord, on the cross thine arms were stretched
to draw thy people nigh:
O grant us then that cross to love,
and in those arms to die.
3 All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #11
|First Line:||As now the sun's declining rays|
|Latin Title:||Labente jam solis rota|
|Translator:||John Chandler (1837)|
|Author:||Charles Coffin (1736)|
Labente jam solis rota. C. Coffin. [Afternoon, Sunday.] Appeared in his Hymni Sacri, 1736, p. 93, as "Prono volutus impetu," and again in the Paris Breviary the same year, as "Labente jam solis rota." It is also in J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, No. 8, and in Card. Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. Translated as:—
1. Now the day's declining wheel. By I. Williams, in the British Magazine, Jan. 1834; and again in his Hymns translated from the Parisian Breviary, 1839, p. 9, in 14 irregular lines. Rearranged as a hymn in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, in 4 of L.M., it was given in the English Hymnal, 1852, No. 10, and repeated in 1856 and 1861.
2. As now the sun's declining rays. By J. Chandler, in his Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, p. 7. It was soon incorporated in several hymnbooks as an afternoon hymn, and gradually grew in favour until few modern hymnbooks of the first rank are found without it. Usually the text is given without alteration as in the People's Hymnal, 1867. The text of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861 and 1875, is Chandler altered by the Compilers, the changes being in stanza i. and the doxology. This text is repeated in Thring's Collection, 1882, and others. In Kennedy, 1863, Chandler's translation is revised by the Editor.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 7 of 7)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #11||As now the sun's declining rays||As now the sun's declining rays||ST PETER||John Chandler (1806-1876); Charles Coffin (1676-1749)||CM||Psalm 90:10; John 12:32; Galatians 6:14-16||2013||Church Year | Good Friday; Death and Bereavement | ; Evening | ; Stages of Life ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #11a||As now the sun's declining rays||As now the sun's declining rays||ST. COLUMBA||Charles Coffin, 1676-1749; John Chandler, 1806-1876||87 87||John 12:32-33||2000||Evening ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #11b||As now the sun's declining rays||As now the sun's declining rays||ST. PETER||Charles Coffin, 1676-1749; John Chandler, 1806-1876||CM||John 12:32-33||2000||Evening ||
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #43||As now the sun's declining rays||As now the sun's declining rays||2000|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #37||As now the sun’s declining rays||As now the sun’s declining rays||CM||1996|
|The Cyber Hymnal #197||As Now the Sun's Declining Rays||As now the sun's declining rays||ST. COLUMBA||Charles Coffin; John Chandler||CM||<cite>Hymni Sacri</cite>, 1736; also appeared in the <cite>Paris Breviary</cite> the same year as "Labente jam solis rota"; Translation: <cite>Hymns of the Primitive Church</cite>, 1837 (Translation)|
|The New English Hymnal #242||As now the sun's declining rays||As now the sun's declining rays||ST PETER||Charles Coffin, 1676-1749; John Chandler, 1806-76||CM||1986||Times and Seasons | Evening|