Again, as Evening’s Shadow Falls   1 comment

Above:  Dusk View of Chicago, by Carol M. Highsmith

Image Source = Library of Congress

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), National Council of Congregational Churches in the United States

Words by Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892), U.S. Unitarian minister and author of at least thirty-three hymns


1.  Again, as evening’s shadow falls,

We gather in these hallowed walls;

And vesper hymn and vesper prayer

Rise mingling on the holy air.

2.  May struggling hears seek release

Here find the rest of God’s own peace,

And strengthened here by hymn and prayer,

Lay down the burden and the care.

3.  O God, our Light, to thee we bow;

Within all shadows standest thou;

Give deeper calm than night can bring;

Give sweeter songs than lips can sing.

4.  Life’s tumult we must meet again;

We cannot at the shrine remain;

But in the spirit’s secret cell

May hymn and prayer forever dwell.

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