The sun is sinking fast (Herbert Stephen Irons)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-03)  CPDL #61176:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-03).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2020-11-03)  CPDL #61175:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-03).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: The sun is sinking fast
Composer: Herbert Stephen Irons
Tune: St Columba
Lyricist: Latin, 18th centurycreate page

Translation by Edward Caswall

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 14
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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The sun is sinking fast,
the daylight dies;
let love awake, and pay
her evening sacrifice.

As Christ upon the cross
his head inclined,
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,
may I be ever his,
and he for ever mine.