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Thread #2745   Message #2588835
Posted By: GUEST,Brent
14-Mar-09 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Origin Req: Twilight Is Stealing / ...Falling
Subject: RE: Lyr/Origin Req: Twilight Is Stealing
My grandparents on for several generations back were missionaries and doctors in India (Vellore near the former Madras). When they came back to the United States on Sabattical they were put up by relatives accompanied by the strains of two families living in the same house. So they bought a place on Shelter Island located east of Long Island back in 1875 and took turns living there. Although my parents generation decided to live in the US, we inherited this place on the water as two summer cottages and had wonderful campfire sings on the beach. The songs were a collection of hymns, college songs and mostly popular songs of the 20's and 30's although the younger generation made their contributions too. Over the years I was able to locate the words to all the songs that we sang EXCEPT "Twilight is Stealing". I looked in old hymnals and all sorts of old song books. I was so happy to find the words here. How this song with southern origins made it into the repertoire of these missionary descendants, I will not know but it must have been in a hymnal they knew and became a favorite.