Scripture Verse

The Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:11

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Chris­tian En­dea­vor Hymns, ed­it­ed by Ira D. San­key (New York & Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Big­low & Main, 1894), num­ber 99.

Music: Kay­se­ri Dar­i­us E. Jones, in The New Car­mi­na Sac­ra, ed­it­ed by Lo­well Ma­son (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Wil­kins, Car­ter & Com­pa­ny, 1850), page 377 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Blessèd day, when pure devotions
Rise to God on wings of love;
When we catch the distant music
Of the angel choirs above.

Blessèd day, when bells are calling
Weary souls from earthly care;
And we come with hearts uplifted,
To the holy place of prayer.

Blessèd day, so calm and restful,
Bringing joy and peace to all;
Linger yet in tranquil beauty,
Ere the shades of evening fall.

Blessèd day, thy light is fading,
One by one its beams depart;
May their calm and sweet reflection
Still abide in every heart.