Scripture Verse

The seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Exodus 20:10


Thomas Haweis (1734–1820)

Words: John Ma­son, Songs of Praise 1683.

Music: Rich­mond (Ha­weis) Tho­mas Ha­weis, Car­mi­na Chris­to 1792 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Mason (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Blest day of God, most calm, most bright,
The first, the best of days;
The la­bor­er’s rest, the saint’s de­light,
The day of pray­er and praise.

My Sav­ior’s face made thee to shine;
His ris­ing thee did raise;
And made thee hea­ven­ly and di­vine
Beyond all oth­er days.

The first-fruits oft a bless­ing prove
To all the sheaves be­hind;
And they the day of Christ who love,
A hap­py week shall find.

This day I must with God appear;
For, Lord, the day is Thine;
Help me to spend it in Thy fear,
And thus to make it mine.