Scripture Verse

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Exodus 20:10

Introduction

Words: Ju­lia A. El­li­ott, 1833. First pub­lished anon­y­mous­ly in her hus­band’s Psalms and Hymns (1835), it was ac­know­ledged in the 1839 Third Thou­sand by the ad­di­tion of her in­i­tials in the in­dex.

Music: Sac­red Morn Will­iam H. Squires, 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Elliott or Squires (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Hail, thou bright and sacred morn,
Ris’n with gladness in thy beams!
Light, which not of earth is born,
From thy dawn in glory streams;
Airs of Heav’n are breathed around,
And each place is holy ground.

Sad and weary were our way,
Fainting oft beneath our load,
But for thee, thou blessèd day,
Resting place on life’s rough road;
Here flow forth the streams of grace;
Strengthened hence we run our race.

Great Creator, who this day
From Thy perfect work didst rest,
By the souls that own Thy sway
Hallowed be its hours and blest;
Cares of earth aside be thrown,
This day give to Heav’n alone.

Savior, who this day didst break
The dark prison of the tomb,
Bid my slumbering soul awake;
Shine through all its sin and gloom;
Let me, from my bonds set free,
Rise from sin, and live to Thee.

Blessèd Spirit, Comforter,
Sent this day from Christ on high;
Lord, on me Thy gifts confer,
Cleanse, illumine, sanctify:
All Thine influence shed abroad;
Let me to the truth of God.