by Marcus Jastrow (1829 - 1903)

The sun declines, the shades increase
Language: English 
The sun declines, the shades increase,
  O Day of God, thou art retreating!
The world grows still, her breath is peace,-
  To wearied souls a heavenly greeting.-
    Fear not, man, thy coming night;
    In the eve it will be light.

While still in clouds the sun delays,
  Let us soar up, soar up to heaven,
That, parting with this day of days,
  Sweet rest unto our souls be given,
    And our hearts like stars be bright;
    In the eve it will be light.

And when our sun of life retreats,
  When evening's shadows round us hover,
Our longing heart no longer beats,
  And grave-ward sinks our mortal cover:
    We shall see a glorious sight;
    In the eve it will be light.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Songs and Prayers and Meditations for Divine Services of Israelites, compiled by B. Szold, translated by M[arcus] Jastrow, Philadelphia, 1885, page 495.

Text source indicates the hymn was translated from a German text, but other sources attribute an original Hebrew text.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Researcher for this text: Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2020-06-26
Line count: 18
Word count: 121