Day Is Dying in the West

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1 Day is dying in the west;
heav'n is touching earth with rest;
wait and worship while the night
sets her evening lamps alight
through all the sky.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!
Heav'n and earth are full of thee!
Heav'n and earth are praising thee,
O Lord Most High.

2 While the deep'ning shadows fall,
Light of light, on whom we call
through the glory and the grace
of the stars that veil thy face,
our hearts ascend. [Refrain]

3 And when fading from our sight
pass the stars, the day, the night,
Lord of glory, on our eyes
let eternal morning rise
and shadows end. [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #408

Author: Mary A. Lathbury

Lathbury, Mary Ann, was born in Manchester, Ontario County, New York, Aug. 10, 1841. Miss Lathbury writes somewhat extensively for the American religious periodical press, and is well and favourably known (see the Century Magazine, Jan., 1885, p. 342). Of her hymns which have come into common use we have:— 1. Break Thou the bread of life. Communion with God. A "Study Song" for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, written in the summer of 1880. It is in Horder's (Eng.) Congregational Hymns, 1884. 2. Day is dying in the west. Evening. "Written at the request of the Rev. John H. Vincent, D.D., in the summer of 1880. It was a "Vesper Song," and has been frequently used in the responsive services of the Chautauqua Literary and Sc… Go to person page >

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First Line: Day is dying in the west
Title: Day Is Dying in the West
Author: Mary A. Lathbury (1878)
Meter: with refrain
Refrain First Line: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts



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 Chautauqu…

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