Scripture Verse

My days are like a shadow that declineth. Psalm 102:11

Introduction

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Julia H. Johnston
1849–1919

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in The Go­spel Hymn Book, ed­it­ed by Da­ni­el Tow­ner (New York & Day­ton, Ohio: Lo­renz Pub­lish­ing, 1903), num­ber 9.

Music: Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Daniel B. Towner
1850–1919

Lyrics

I am tra­vel­ing tow’rd the sun­set gate,
I’m a pil­grim goi­ng home;
For the glow of ev­en­tide I wait,
I’m a pil­grim go­ing home.

Refrain

Evening bells I seem to hear
As the sun­set gate draws near!
Evening bells I seem to hear
As the sun­set gate draws near!

There is tran­quil rest when day is done,
I shall lay me down in peace;
When the end is reached at set of sun,
I shall lay me down in peace.

Refrain

By the side of those most near and dear,
I shall drop life’s toil and care;
When the Mas­ter’s ten­der voice I hear,
I shall drop life’s toil and care.

Refrain

I shall rise again at morn­ing dawn,
I shall put on glo­ry then;
With the sha­dowy veil of death un­drawn,
I shall put on glo­ry then.

Refrain