Lord Jesus, in the days of old

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1. Lord Jesus, in the days of old
Two walked with Thee in waning light;
And love’s blind instinct made them bold
To crave Thy presence through the night.
As night descends, we too would pray,
O leave us not at close of day.

2. Did not their hearts within them burn?
And though their Lord they failed to know,
Did not their spirits inly yearn?
They could not let the stranger go.
Much more must we who know Thee pray,
O leave us not at close of day.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3840

Author: James Ashcroft Noble

Noble, James Ashcroft, was born at Liverpool in 1844, and came to London in 1881. He was then for eight years at Birkdale, Lanes., but returned to London in 1892, and died April 3, 1896, at Wandsworth Common. He was a well-known essayist, and contributed to the Spectator, the Academy, and other literary papers. In 1887 he published Verses of a Prose Writer, simple and unambitious, but with the breath of true poetry. In the section entitled "Poems of the Inner Life" there are two hymns written in 1886 for the elder (2) and younger (1) girls at Wintersdorf, a girl's school at Birkdale, where he used to lecture on English literature:— 1. God of beauty, Thou hast spread. [Beauty of Nature.] 1887, p. 92, as "A Hymn of Beauty, written for… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Jesus, in the days of old
Author: James Ashcroft Noble

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COMPANION


VATER UNSER

Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…

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ST. PETERSBURG

Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825). The tune is suppo…

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The Cyber Hymnal #3840
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Small Church Music #3219
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Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #645
Small Church Music #3219Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #3840TextScoreAudio
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