My Latest Sun is Sinking Fast (Hymn)

My Latest Sun is Sinking Fast
Jefferson Hascall (1860)

My latest sun is sinking fast,
My race is nearly run;
My strongest trials now are past,
My triumph is begun.

Refrain
O come, angel band,
Come and around me stand;
O bear me away on your snowy wings
To my eternal home;
O bear me away on your snowy wings
To my eternal hom.

I know I’m near the holy ranks
Of friends and kindred dear,
For I hear the waves on Jordan’s banks,
The crossing must be near.

Refrain

I’ve almost reached my heavenly home,
My spirit loudly sings;
Thy holy ones, behold, they come!
I hear the noise of wings.

Refrain

O bear my longing heart to Him,
Who bled and died for me;
Whose blood now cleanses from all sin,
And gives me victory.

Refrain

This hymn is most famous for being played and sung at funerals and it does deal with those issues.  It is written from the perspective of a saint who is at the end of this life.  Some people look at it as being a “sad” song for these reasons, but, to me, it is encouraging.  There is no fear in this saint.  There is only happiness and rejoicing and hope.  The death of a saint is not the end, but a glorious new beginning!  That can be an encouragement to anyone who is getting closer to that time.

I will be away from the computer for a couple of weeks.  Feel free to comment, and I will respond when I get back.  Thanks for reading and commenting and God bless!

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Grammy on June 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Ben – you summed it up so well, I had no idea this song was written so many years ago. We have a beautiful rendition by the Stanley Brothers on CD. Just today we heard that a friend had been given 24 hours, how timely your post was. Appreciate your love of music and your love for the Savior.

    Reply

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