Hushed was the evening hymn (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • CPDL #22123:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 17 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Taken from the Church Hymnary, 1927. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #11361:      (Finale 2000)
Editor: Noel Stoutenburg (submitted 2006-03-31).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 27 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Unison setting from The Bristol Tune Book with piano reduction. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Hushed was the evening hymn
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Tune: Samuel
Lyricist: James Drummond Burns
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 66. 88

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874


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Original text and translations

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1. Hushed was the evening hymn,
   The temple courts were dark;
   The lamp was burning dim
   Before the sacred ark;
   When suddenly a voice divine
   Rang through the silence of the shrine.

2. The old man, meek and mild,
   The priest of Israel, slept;
   His watch the temple child,
   The little Levite, kept;
   And what from Eli’s sense was sealed
   The Lord to Hannah’s son revealed.

3. O give me Samuel’s ear,
   The open ear, O Lord,
   Alive and quick to hear
   Each whisper of Thy Word,
   Like him to answer at Thy call,
   And to obey Thee first of all.

4. O give me Samuel’s heart,
   A lowly heart, that waits
   Where in Thy house Thou art,
   Or watches at Thy gates;
   By day and night, a heart that still
   Moves at the breathing of Thy will.

5. O give me Samuel’s mind,
   A sweet unmurm’ring faith,
   Obedient and resigned
   To Thee in life and death,
   That I may read with childlike eyes
   Truths that are hidden from the wise.