Behold the sun that seemed but now
Behold the sun that seemed but now. George Wither* (1588-1667).
First published in Haleluiah, or Britan’s second Remembrancer (1641), in the section ‘Hymns Occasionall’. Wither hoped, as his prefatory note stated, that a meditation at sunset on the lines of this hymn ‘may perhaps expel unprofitable musings, and arm against the terrors of approaching darkness’: hence its theme of the decline or sunset of physical life, and the hope of spiritual life:
Behold the sun that seemed but now Enthronèd overhead,Beginning to decline below This globe whereon we tread;And he, whom yet we look upon With comfort and delight,Will quite depart from hence anon, And leave us to the night.
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