The day is past and gone

The day is past and gone. John Leland* (1754–1841).  This has the title ‘Evening hymn’. It was, and still is, Leland’s most published hymn, dating from as early as Richard Broaddus and Andrew Broaddus, Collection of Sacred Ballads (Virginia: Caroline Co., 1790). Hymnary.org gives a page scan dating from the same year, from Society hymns, original and selected on evangelical and experimental subjects (Boston: Manning & Loring, 1790):  The Day is past and gone,  The evening shades appear;O may we all remember well  The night of death draws near.  We lay our garments by,  Upon our beds to rest;So death will soon disrobe us all  Of what we’ve here possessed.  Lord, keep us all this...

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