He was there alone, when even
Had round earth its mantle thrown,
Holding intercourse with heaven:
He was there alone.
There his inmost heart’s emotion
Made he to his Father known;
In the spirit of devotion
Musing there alone.
So let us, from earth retiring,
Seek our God and Father’s throne;
And, to other scenes aspiring,
Train our hearts, alone.
He was there alone, when even. Sir J. Bowring. [Retirement and Devotion.] Appeared in his Hymns, 1825, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1848 it was given in Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, Boston, in 3 stanzas. In this form it has been repeated in a few modern Unitarian collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #118||“He Was There Alone.”||He was there alone, when even||Bowring||P. M.||1866|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #118||He was there alone, when even||He was there alone, when even||Bowring||1848|
|Minnetonka Songs: for Sabbath Schools, compiled especially for the Minnetonka Sabbath-School Assembly #36||He was there alone, when even had round the earth||He was there alone, when even had round the earth||John Bowring||1879|
|Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d93||He was there alone, when even had round the earth||He was there alone, when even had round the earth||John Bowring||1859|
|Welcome Tidings: a new collection of sacred songs for the Sunday School #123||He was there alone when even||He was there alone when even||P.P. Bliss||1877|