#167 Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn

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1. Come, let us sing an evening hymn
To calm our minds for rest,
And each one try, with single eye,
To praise the Savior best.

2. Yea, let us sing a sacred song
To close the passing day,
With one accord call on the Lord
And ever watch and pray.

3. Oh, thank the Lord for grace and gifts
Renewed in latter days,
For truth and light to guide us right
In wisdom’s pleasant ways,

4. For ev’ry line we have received
To turn our hearts above,
For ev’ry word and ev’ry good
That fill our souls with love.

5. Oh, let us raise a holier strain
For blessings great as ours,
And be prepared while angels guard
Us through our slumb’ring hours.

6. Oh, may we sleep and wake in joy,
While life with us remains,
And then go home beyond the tomb,
Where peace forever reigns.

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872. Included in the first LDS hymnbook, 1835.
Music: Tracy Y. Cannon, 1879-1961

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: William W. Phelps

William Wines Phelps (February 17, 1792 – March 7, 1872) was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was an assistant president of the church in Missouri, scribe to Joseph Smith, Jr., and a church printer, editor, and song-writer.

Today, William W. Phelps is probably best-known for his legacy of LDS hymns, many of which appear in the current edition of the LDS Hymnal.[6]

Phelps also reworded popular hymns turning them into uniquely Latter Day Saint hymns.

* Included in the first Latter Day Saint Hymnal in 1835.

Music By: Tracy Y. Cannon

Tracy Young Cannon (July 23, 1879 – November 6, 1961) was an American Latter-day Saint musician, composer, and musicologist.

In 1909, Cannon became assistant organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He served in this position for 21 years. In 1930, Cannon served as the organist for the presentation of The Message of the Ages.[1]

In 1920, Cannon was appointed to the General Music Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1939, he was made second assistant to Melvin J. Ballard, supervisor of the committee.[1]

From 1915 to 1927, Cannon was a member of the high council of the Pioneer Stake of the LDS Church.[2] In 1917, he became a member of the Deseret Sunday School Union General Board. From 1930 through 1936, Cannon was bishop of the Cannon Ward in Salt Lake City.[2]

Cannon was an editor of the 1927 LDS Church hymnal.[2]

In 1925, Cannon was appointed director of the McCune School of Music and Art. He served in this position until 1950.[1]

Cannon wrote The Organist’s Manual.[1]

In the 1985 English edition of the LDS hymnal, the following hymns are by Cannon:

  • 9 “Come, Rejoice” (Words and music)
  • 20 “God of Power, God of Right” (music)
  • 73 “Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice” (words and music)
  • 161 “The Lord Be with Us” (music)
  • 167 “Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn” (music)
  • 234 “Jesus, Mighty King in Zion” (music)
  • 288 “How Beautiful Thy Temples, Lord” (music)