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 20:9–10

Introduction

Words: John New­ton, in Con­yer’s Col­lec­tion of Psalms and Hymns, 1774.

Music: Sab­bath, Ger­man tune ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1824 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Lowell Mason
1792–1872

Lyrics

Safely through ano­ther week
God has brought us on our way;
Let us now a bless­ing seek,
On th’ap­proach­ing Sab­bath day;
Day of all the week the best,
Emblem of eter­nal rest,
Day of all the week the best,
Emblem of eter­nal rest.

Mercies mul­ti­plied each hour
Through the week our praise de­mand;
Guarded by al­migh­ty pow­er,
Fed and guid­ed by His hand;
Though un­grate­ful we have been,
Only made returns of sin,
Though ungrate­ful we have been,
Only made re­turns of sin.

While we pray for par­don­ing grace,
Through the dear Re­deem­er’s name,
Show Thy re­con­cilèd face,
Shine away our sin and shame;
From our world­ly cares set free
May we rest this night with Thee,
From our world­ly cares set free,
May we rest this night with Thee.

Here we come Thy name to praise,
Let us feel Thy pre­sence near,
May Thy glo­ry meet our eyes,
While we in Thy house ap­pear:
Here af­ford us, Lord, a taste
Of our ev­er­last­ing feast,
Here af­ford us, Lord, a taste
Of our ev­er­last­ing feast.

When the morn shall bid us rise,
May we feel Thy pre­sence near:
May Thy glo­ry meet our eyes,
When we in Thy house ap­pear:
There af­ford us, Lord, a taste
Of our ev­er­last­ing feast,
There af­ford us, Lord, a taste
Of our ev­er­last­ing feast.

May Thy Gos­pel’s joy­ful sound
Conquer sin­ners, com­fort saints;
May the fruits of grace abound,
Bring re­lief for all com­plaints;
Thus may all our Sab­baths prove
Till we join the church above,
Thus may all our Sab­baths prove
Till we join the church above!