Hushed was the evening hymn (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2010-08-17)  CPDL #22123:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 17 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Taken from the Church Hymnary, 1927.
  • (Posted 2006-03-31)  CPDL #11361:      (Finale 2000)
Editor: Noel Stoutenburg (submitted 2006-03-31).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 27 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Unison setting from The Bristol Tune Book with piano reduction.

General Information

Title: Hushed was the evening hymn
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Tune: Samuel
Lyricist: James Drummond Burns
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66. 88

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874

External websites:

Original text and translations

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1. Hushed was the evening hymn,
 The temple courts were dark;
 The lamp was burning dim
 Before the sacred ark;
 When suddenly a voice divine
 Rang through the silence of the shrine.

2. The old man, meek and mild,
 The priest of Israel, slept;
 His watch the temple child,
 The little Levite, kept;
 And what from Eli’s sense was sealed
 The Lord to Hannah’s son revealed.

3. O give me Samuel’s ear,
 The open ear, O Lord,
 Alive and quick to hear
 Each whisper of Thy Word,
 Like him to answer at Thy call,
 And to obey Thee first of all.

4. O give me Samuel’s heart,
 A lowly heart, that waits
 Where in Thy house Thou art,
 Or watches at Thy gates;
 By day and night, a heart that still
 Moves at the breathing of Thy will.

5. O give me Samuel’s mind,
 A sweet unmurm’ring faith,
 Obedient and resigned
 To Thee in life and death,
 That I may read with childlike eyes
 Truths that are hidden from the wise.