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The Lone, Wild Fowl/The Lone, Wild Bird   Leave a comment

Seagull Flying

Above:  A Seagull Flying

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Text (1925; published in 1926) by Henry Richard McFayden (sometimes listed as MacFayden) (1877-1964), a Presbyterian minister in North Carolina

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)

The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930) lists then hymn as “The Lone, Wild Fowl in Lofty Flight,” yet the more common title in hymnals has become “The Lone, Wild Bird.”  I found a two-verse version (as “The Lone, Wild Bird” and with the archaic pronouns preserved) in The Presbyterian Hymnal:  Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs (Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 1990) and in Singing the Living Tradition (Unitarian Universalist Association, 1993).  The Faith We Sing (The United Methodist Church, 2000) and its nearly identical Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) counterpart, Sing the Faith (2003), include a five-stanza version, with the first three stanzas (altered, mostly to update pronouns) credited to McFayden and stanzas 4 and 5 credited to Marty Haugen (1950-), composer of much annoying contemporary church music especially popular in the post-Vatican II Roman Catholic Church, although he is a Protestant (raised a Lutheran and now a member of the United Church of Christ).  The Second Vatican Council did wonders for theology, but church music suffered afterward.

McFayden composed the text on a Sunday afternoon in 1925 and entered it into a hymn-writing contest The Homiletic and Pastoral Review sponsored.  The hymn won third place.

The version of the hymn from The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930) is the oldest I have located.


1.  The lone, wild fowl in lofty flight

Is still with thee nor leaves thy sight.

And I am thine! I rest in thee.

Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

2.  The ends of earth are in thy hand,

The sea’s dark deep and no man’s land.

And I am thine! I rest in thee.

Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

The Heavens Declare Thy Glory   Leave a comment

Red Sunset

Above:  Red Sunset

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Text (1874) by Thomas Rawson Birks (1810-1883)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  The heavens declare thy glory,

The firmament thy power;

Day unto day the story

Repeats from hour to hour;

Night unto night replying,

Proclaims in every land,

O Lord, with voice undying,

The wonders of thy hand.

2.  The sun with royal splendor

Goes forth to chant thy praise

And moonbeams soft and tender

Their gentler anthem raise:

O’er every tribe and nation

The music strange is poured;

The song of all creation

To thee, creation’s Lord.

3.  All heaven on high rejoices

To do its Maker’s will;

The stars with solemn voices

Resound thy praises still:

So let mu whole behavior,

Tho’ts, words, and actions be,

O Lord, my Strength, my Saviour,

One ceaseless song to thee.

O Maker of the Sea and Sky   1 comment

Sunrise Over the Ocean

Above:  Sunrise Over the Ocean

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Text (1905) by Henry Burton (1840-1930)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  O Maker of the sea and sky,

Whose world the stormy winds fulfill,

On the wide ocean thou art night,

Bidding these hearts of ours be still.

2.  What if thy footsteps are not known?

We know thy way is in the sea;

We trace the shadow of thy throne,

Constant amid inconstancy.

3.  Thou bidd’st the north or south wind blow;

The lonely seabird is in thy care;

And in the clouds which come and go,

We see thy chariots everywhere.

4.  The sun that lights the homeland dear

Spreads the new morning o’er the deep;

And in the dark thy stars appear,

Keeping their watches while we sleep.

5.  And so, secure from all alarms,

Thy seas beneath, thy skies above,

Clasped in the everlasting arms,

We rest in thine unslumbering love.

Peacefully Round Us the Shadows are Falling   Leave a comment

Sunset Dusk

Above:  Sunset Dusk

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Text (1878) by Ambrose Nichols Blatchford (1842-1924)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  Peacefully round us the shadows are falling,

Glad be our praises and trustful our prayer:

Hear us, O Lord, on thy providence calling,

Lighten our darkness, and banish our care.

2.  Hushed are the sheep-bells afar on the moorland,

O’er the still meadows the night breezes sweep,

Faint fall the footsteps in city and hamlet,

Safely our children are folded in sleep.

3.  Softly may weary ones rest from their duty,

Bright be the dreams of the troubled and worn,

While thro’ the shade beam the stars in their beauty,

Watching the world till the breaking of morn.

4.  Lord of the night, let thine angels defend us;

Sunshine and gloom are alike unto thee;

Lord of the day, let thy Spirit attend us,

Bless us and keep us wherever we be.

The Day is Past; the Shadows Round   1 comment

Evening Boat Ride

Above:  Evening Boat Ride

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Text (1924) by Henry Burton (1840-1930)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  The day is past; the shadows round are falling;

The light is fading from the western sky;

From the still heavens the evening star is calling,

Bidding us rest for night is drawing nigh.

2.  The toil that prospered harvests for our reaping,

The plans that failed, alike were gifts of love;

All ways are thine, and thine the glorious keeping,

In paths of peace all lighted from above.

3.  Thou makest, Lord, the evening and the morning;

The dark and light are both alike to thee;

And somewhere always new the day is dawning,

Bidding thy waking children, come and see!

O Son of Man, Thou Madest Known   1 comment

Carpenters and Builders Working

Above:  Carpenters and Builders Working

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Text (1916) by Milton S. Littlefield (1864-1934)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  O Son of Man, thou madest known,

Through quiet work in shop and home

The sacredness of common things,

The chance of life that each day brings.

2.  O Workman true, may we fulfill,

In daily life thy Father’s will;

In duty’s call, thy call we hear

To fuller life, through work sincere.

3.  Thou Master Workman, grant us grace

The challenge of our tasks to face;

By loyal scorn of second best,

By effort true, to meet each test.

4.  And thus we pray in deed and word,

Thy kingdom come on earth, O Lord;

I work that gives effect to prayer

Thy purpose for thy world we share.

Come, O Lord, Like Morning Sunlight   1 comment

Morning Mist on Lake

Above:  Morning Mist on Lake

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Text (1927) by Milton S. Littlefield (1864-1934)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  Come, O Lord, like morning sunlight,

Making all life new and free;

For the daily task and challenge

May we rise renewed in thee.

2.  Come, O Lord, like ocean floodtides,

Flowing inland from the sea;

As the waters fill the shallows,

May our souls be filled with thee.

3.  Come, O Lord, like mountain breezes,

Freshening life in vale and lea;

In the heat and stress of duty

May our souls find strength in thee.

4.  Come, O Lord, like evening twilight,

Bringing peace on land and sea;

At the radiant close of labor

May our souls find rest in thee.

O Lord of Life, Thy Quickening Voice   Leave a comment

Morning Sunrise in the Woods

Above:  Morning Sunrise in Woods

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Text (1860) by George MacDonald (1824-1905)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  O Lord of life, thy quickening voice

Awakes my morning song!

In gladsome words I would rejoice

That I to thee belong.

2.  I see thy light, I feel thy wind;

The world, it is thy word;

Whatever wakes my heart and mind

Thy presence is, my Lord.

3.  Therefore I choose my highest part,

And turn my face to thee;

Therefore I stir my inmost heart

To worship fervently.

Bring, O Morn, Thy Music   1 comment

Scottish Countryside in the Morning

Above:  Scottish Countryside in the Morning

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Text (1893) by William Channing Gannett (1840-1923)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  Bring, O morn, thy music, night, thy starlit silence;

Oceans, chant the rapture to the storm-winds coursing free:

Sun and stars are singing, thou art our Creator,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

2.  Life and death, thy creatures, praise thee, Mighty Giver:

Praise and prayer are rising in thy beast and bird and tree:

Lo! they praise and vanish, vanish at thy bidding,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3.  Light us, lead us, love us! cry thy groping nations,

Pleading in the thousand tongues, but naming only thee,

Weaving blindly out thy holy, happy purpose,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

4.  Life nor death can part us, O thou Love eternal,

Shepherd of the wandering star, and souls that wayward flee;

Homeward draws our spirit to thy Spirit yearning,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Father of Lights   Leave a comment

Christ in Majesty Icon

Above:  Icon of Christ in Majesty

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Text (1913) by Elizabeth Wilson (1867-?) and Helen Thoburn (1885-1932)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  Father of lights, in whom there is no shadow,

Giver of every good and perfect gift!

With one accord we seek thy holy presence,

Gladly our hearts to thee in praise we lift.

2.  Glad for the cause that binds our lives together,

Thro’ thee united, worshipping as one:

Glad for the crowning gift that thou hast given,

Sending, to light the world, thine only Son.

3.  Light of the world, thro’ whom we know the Father!

Pour out upon us thine abiding love,

That we may know its depth and height and splendor,

That heaven may come to earth from heaven above.

4.  Thou art the Christ! To thee we own allegiance.

May our devotion sweep from sea to sea,

Even as we, the gift from thee receiving,

Joyfully minister that gift for thee.