492. Hushed Was the Evening Hymn

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, unmurmuring faith,
Obedient and resigned
To Thee in life and death!
That I may read with childlike eyes
Truths that are hidden from the wise.


Text Information
First Line: Hushed was the evening hymn
Title: Hushed Was the Evening Hymn
Author: James D. Burns, 1823-1864
Language: English
Publication Date: 1957
Topic: Children's Hymns; Special Subjects and Occasions: Childhood
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900
Key: D Major

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