Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing
words of the "While with Ceaseless Course the Sun " lyrics, John Newton (July 24, 1725-December 21, 1807),
was born in London, England and
achieved fame as a Hymnist and curate at Olney, Buckinghamshire.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "While with Ceaseless Course the Sun ", Samuel Webbe, Sr. (1740-May 15, 1816),
was born in Minorca, Spain (he was English) and
became famous as a composer, Church organist and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: While with Ceaseless Course the Sun
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Newton (July 24, 1725
to December 21, 1807)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Samuel Webbe, Sr. (1740 to
May 15, 1816)
Hymn Category: New Year Songs
First Line of Hymn: "While with ceaseless course the sun Hasted through the former year"
First Publication Date:
While with Ceaseless Course the Sun Lyrics
While with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here;
Fixed in an eternal fate,
They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,
But how little none can know.
As the wingèd arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life's rapid stream;
Upwards, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.
Thanks for mercies past receive,
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us, henceforth, how to live
With eternity in view:
Bless Thy Word to young and old,
Fill us with a Savior's love;
And when life's short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.