Scripture Verse

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. James 1:17


Words: Eli­za­beth W. De­ni­son, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 27.

Music: Luck­now (Browne) D. T. Browne, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Browne’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or De­ni­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Daylight is fad­ing, twi­light is shad­ing
Meadow and hill with a deep­en­ing gray;
Heavenly Fa­ther, now as we ga­ther,
Let us give thanks for the beau­ti­ful day.

Light of the morn­ing, bright in the dawn­ing,
Blessings that come to us all the day long;
’Tis of Thy giv­ing, God of the liv­ing,
That we can offer this ev­en­ing song.

But in its splen­dor, gra­cious and ten­der,
Wondrous Thy love that can cast away fear;
Dearer and rar­er, rich­er and fair­er,
Best of all gifts that Thou giv­est us here.