The day is slowly wending

The day is slowly wending

Author: May A. Rowland
Tune: VESPER HYMN (Rendle)
Published in 4 hymnals

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1. The day is slowly wending
Toward its silent ending,
But mid the light declining
The evening star is shining:

O Father, while we sleep,
Thy children keep!

2. Beneath Thy mighty caring
The birds and beasts are sharing,
The love that sends the showers,
The hand that gives the flowers: [Refrain]

3. Though long our day of testing,
Now comes the hour of resting,
May weariness and sadness
Be lulled to peace and gladness: [Refrain]

4. The Savior’s cross is winning
Forgiveness for the sinning,
And while we kneel confessing,
We humbly wait Thy blessing: [Refrain]

5. All evil thoughts expelling,
Now make in us Thy dwelling,
O Spirit, pure and holy,
Possess these hearts so lowly: [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1232

Author: May A. Rowland

Rowland, May. Born in Oxfordshire, England, the youngest daughter of Thomas Rowland. He died while she was young, and she then lived with her grandparents at Wootton, Oxfordshire. Educated at Bueau Down House School, Burnham on Sea, Somerset. Church worker at All Souls Church and ran a Bible class for "lads" for many years. The All Souls Parish Magazine noted that "many men now engaged in the commercial and business life of the town remember her with real affection." --Information taken from a letter from Mrs. G.H. Faulkner, cousin to May Rowland, to Miss Holden, 27 January 1963. DNAH Archives. Go to person page >

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First Line: The day is slowly wending
Author: May A. Rowland



The Cyber Hymnal #1232
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