Scripture Verse

On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Psalm 63:6

Introduction

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Thomas Moore
1779–1852

Words: Thomas Moore (1779–1852).

Music: Ves­per Hymn (Ste­ven­son) from A Se­lect­ion of Pop­u­lar Na­tion­al Airs, by John A. Ste­ven­son, 1818 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John A. Stevenson
1761–1833

Lyrics

Hark! the vesper hymn is stealing
O’er the waters soft and clear;
Nearer yet and nearer pealing
Soft it breaks upon the ear,
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen!
Farther now and farther stealing
Soft it fades upon the ear.

Now like moonlight waves retreating
To the shore it dies along;
Now like angry surges meeting
Breaks the mingled tide of song.
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen!
Hark! again like waves retreating
To the shore it dies along.

Once again sweet voices ringing
Louder still the music swells;
While on summer breezes winging
Comes the chime of vesper bells.
Jubilate! Jubilate! Jubilate! Amen!
On the summer breezes winging
Fades the chime of vesper bells.