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As Darker, Darker Fall Around

Author: Anonymous Meter: Appears in 34 hymnals Matching Instances: 34 First Line: As darker, darker, fall around Lyrics: 1. As darker, darker, fall around The shadows of the night, We gather here with hymn and prayer, To seek the eternal light. 2. Father in Heaven, to Thee are known Our many hopes and fears, Our heavy weight of mortal toil, Our bitterness of tears. 3. We pray Thee for our absent ones, Who have been with us here: And in our secret heart we name The distant and the dear. 4. For weary eyes, and aching hearts, And feet that from Thee rove, The sick, the poor, the tired, the fallen, We pray Thee, God of love. 5. We bring to Thee our hopes and fears And at Thy footstool lay; And, Father, Thou who lovest all Wilt hear us as we pray. Used With Tune: MARTYRDOM Text Sources: Catholic Choralist, by William Young, 1842, number 60, in 13 4-line stanzas, as "Hymn of the Calabrian Shepherds"


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Appears in 231 hymnals Matching Instances: 2 Composer and/or Arranger: James Walch Incipit: 17653 47653 21716 Used With Text: As darker, darker fall around


Meter: Appears in 19 hymnals Matching Instances: 1 Composer and/or Arranger: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 - 1827 Tune Sources: A Students' Hymnal, 1923, As in Tune Key: A Flat Major Incipit: 51712 32117 32171 Used With Text: As darker, darker fall around
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Appears in 3 hymnals Matching Instances: 1 Composer and/or Arranger: C. Steggall, Mus. Doc. Incipit: 11231 17132 7665 Used With Text: As darker, darker, fall around


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As darker, darker fall around

Hymnal: The Book of Praise #669 (1918) Meter: Topics: Times and Seasons Evening Languages: English Tune Title: HOLY TRINITY
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For All Conditions of Men

Hymnal: The Pilgrim Hymnal #638 (1912) First Line: As darker, darker, fall around Topics: Evening Tune Title: SAWLEY
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As darker, darker, fall around

Hymnal: Hymns of the Church Universal #607 (1890) Languages: English


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Samuel Longfellow

1819 - 1892 Person Name: S. Longfellow Alterer of "As darker, darker fall around" in Hymns of the Kingdom of God Longfellow, Samuel, B. A., brother of the Poet, was born at Portland, Maine, June 18, 1819, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated in Arts in 1839, and in Theology in 1846. On receiving ordination as an Unitarian Minister, he became Pastor at Fall River, Massachusetts, 1848; at Brooklyn, 1853; and at Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1860. In 1846 he edited, with the Rev. S. Johnson (q. v.), A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. This collection was enlarged and revised in 1848. In 1859 his Vespers was published, and in 1864 the Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit , under the joint editorship of the Rev. S. Johnson and himself. His Life of his brother, the Poet Longfellow, was published in 1886. To the works named he contributed the following hymns:— i. To A Book of Hymns , revised ed., 1848. 1. Beneath the shadow of the Cross. Love. 2. 0 God, thy children gathered here. Ordination. ii. To the Vespers 1859. 3. Again as evening's shadow falls. Evening. 4. Now on land and sea descending. Evening. iii. To the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. 5. A voice by Jordan's shore. Advent. 6. Father, give Thy benediction. Ordination. 7. Go forth to life, 0 child of earth. Life's Mission. 8. God of ages and of nations. Holy Scriptures. 9. Holy Spirit, Truth divine. The Holy Spirit desired. 10. I look to Thee in every need. Trust in God. 11. In the beginning was the Word. The Word. 12. Love for all, and can it be? Lent. The Prodigal Son. 13. 0 God, in Whom we live and move. God's Law and Love. 14. 0 God, Thou Giver of all good. Prayer for Food. 15. O still in accents sweet and strong. Missions. 16. 0 Thou, Whose liberal sun and rain. Anniversary of Church dedication. 17. One holy Church of God appears. The Church Universal. 18. Out of the dark, the circling sphere. The Outlook. 19. Peace, peace on earth! the heart of man for ever. Peace on Earth. 20. The loving Friend to all who bowed. Jesus of Nazareth. 21. ’Tis winter now, the fallen snow. Winter. Of these, hymn No. 2 was written for the Ordination of E. E. Hale (q. v.), at Worcester, 1846. Several are included in Martineau's Hymns, 1873. Died Oct. 3, 1892. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907), p. 685 =============== Longfellow, S., p. 685, i. Since Mr. Longfellow's death on Oct. 3, 1892, his hymns have been collected by his niece, Miss Alice Longfellow, as Hymns and Verses(Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1904.) From this work we find many of the hymns signed Anon, in the Index to Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, were his; several of these, including E. Osier's "O God unseen, yet ever near," were popular English hymns which he rewrote from his own theological standpoint. These re¬written hymns are very widely used by Unitarians and others. During the last ten years the following additional hymns by S. Long¬fellow have come into common use:— 1. Eternal One, Thou living God. Faith in God. 2. God of the earth, the sky, the sea. God in Nature. 3. God's trumpet wakes the slumbering world. Call to duty. 4. Light of ages and of nations. God in and through all time. 5. Lo, the earth is risen again. Spring. (1876.) 6. Now while we sing our closing psalm. Close of Worship. 7. O Life that maketh all things new. Unity. (1874.) 8. O Thou in Whom we live and move. The Divine Law. 9. The summer days are come again. Summer. From his hymn,"The sweet[bright] June days are come again." 10. Thou Lord of lite, our saving health. In Sickness. (1886.) Of these hymns Nos. 2, 3 appeared in the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, and all with the dates appended in Hymns and Verses, 1904. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907) ==================


Author of "As Darker, Darker Fall Around" in The Cyber Hymnal In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries.

James Walch

1837 - 1901 Composer of "SAWLEY" in The Sanctuary Hymnal, published by Order of the General Conference of the United Brethren in Christ James Walch was a musician and composer, born near Bolton, Lancashire, England in 1837. He spent his early life in the town and was organist in several churches there, including the parish church of St George’s. From 1870-1877, he was conductor for the Bolton Philharmonic Society. He also composed at least four published hymn tunes, the best known of which is called “Tidings”. Written in 1875, it’s usually used as the tune to a hymn called “O Zion Haste”. James Walch was a musical instrument dealer by trade, and moved to Barrow-in-Furness in 1877. He later moved to Llandudno Junction in North Wales, where he died in August 1901 and was buried locally. His wife later donated money to pay for the organs in two local churches, St Paul's Llandudno and All Saints Deganwy, in his memory. Three decades later, an article in the London Gazette reported on a dispute arising from his will, and mentioned that he had a son, Harry West Walch, who was a pianist and lived in Hereford. St Paul's Church, Llandudno newsletter; used by permission of Christ Dearden (Walch's wife paid for the organ at St. Paul's Church)