Scripture Verse

Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while. Mark 6:31

Introduction

Words: I. T. Wal­ker, in Songs of Free Grace, by Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio; Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; and St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri: Cran­ston & Stowe, 1883), num­ber 42, alt.

Music: Da­du Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Daniel B. Towner
1850–1919

Lyrics

Come, said Jesus, come apart now,
From the stern and busy day
;
He who knows thy weary footsteps,
Calls thee to the desert way.

Refrain

Come, oh come to Me and rest,
Find My bosom soft and sweet;
Come to Me, and thou art blest,
In the desert’s lone retreat.

Rest awhile, but not forever,
Back again with sharper sword;
Take the world-lost for thy Savior,
’Tis the promise of His word.

Refrain

Hearts of sorrow, turn aside,
Tears have told thy keenest grief;
Come, and now in Me abide,
And thy soul shall find relief.

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Rest, sweet rest remains for you,
When the battle work is done;
Rest for loyal hearts and true,
When the crown of life is won.

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