The sun is sinking fast (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2010-10-07)  CPDL #22409:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-10-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 16 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Congregational Praise, 1951.

General Information

Title: The sun is sinking fast
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Tune: Horeb
Lyricist: Edward Caswall (Trans.)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 64. 66

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

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Original text and translations

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The sun is sinking fast, The daylight dies:
Let love awake, and pay Her evening sacrifice.

As Christ upon the cross In death reclined,
And to His Father's hands His parting soul resigned.

So now herself my soul Would wholly give
Into His sacred charge, In whom all spirits live;

So now beneath His eye Would calmly rest,
Without a wish or thought Abiding in the breast,

Save that His will be done, Whate'er betide,
Dead to herself, and dead In Him to all beside.

Thus would I live; yet now Not I, but He
In all His power and love Henceforth alive in me.

One sacred Trinity, One Lord divine;
Myself for ever His, And He forever mine.