Hymn #92: Day Is Done

James Quinn, S.J. (b. 1919), wrote this evening hymn in 1969 and included it in New Hymns for All Seasons, published that year.  As a consultant for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, Quinn has extended his influence on the changing Catholic liturgies.

James Quinn was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and educated in that city.  He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1950 and joined the British province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  His hymns have been accepted in the wider Christian community and appear in a number of Protestand hymnals.

The title of this Welsh tune, AR HYD Y NOS, comes from the refrain of a text with which it was commonly sung, known as "The Livelong Night."  It was previously familiar in the church as an evening hymn melody through its association with Reginald Heber's "God That Madest Earth and Heaven."

 

This anonymous Welsh ballad is known as "The Livelong Night" in Wales and "Here Beneath a Willow, Weepeth Poor Mary Anne" in England.  Because of these secular uses, the tune was not utilized as a hymn melody until it appeared as such in The English Hymnal (1906).