Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Un­known au­thor, in the Elu­ci­da­tor­i­um Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cum of Jo­do­cus Clich­to­vae­us (Pa­ris: 1516) (Om­nes una cel­e­bre­mus). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Hen­ri­et­ta M. Ches­ter in the Hym­na­ry, 1872.

Music: Ho­ly Day (Park­er) H. W. Park­er, in The Church Hym­nal (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1911), num­ber 26 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Park­er’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Ches­ter (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Come, let us all with one accord
Adore and magnify the Lord,
And festive service pay.

On this the day that God hath blest,
The day of peace and heavenly rest,
The Lord’s own holy day.

That saw primeval darkness break,
And that more glorious life awake
That lasteth evermore.

That saw hell’s legions prostrate fall,
And Christ, triumphant over all,
His own to Heaven restore.

This day the peace that flows from Heaven
Was unto the apostles given,
When doors were closed at night.

This day the Holy Spirit’s flame
Upon the Church’s teachers came,
And filled their souls with light.

Still on this day with trumpet sound
The Gospel notes were ringing round,
To call the world to pray.

Then on this day let us adore
Our God and supplication pour,
That, when worlds pass away,

Through Christ’s dear grace our souls may rest
In peace and joy, forever blest,
Till the great judgment day.