Scripture Verse

A shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. Isaiah 4:6

Introduction

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Horatius Bonar
(1808–1889)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1857), page 153.

Music: Buck­ley Si­las J. Vail, Cha­pel Me­lo­dies (New York: Big­low & Main, 1868), page 10 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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

Lyrics

Oppressed with noon-day’s scorching heat,
To yonder cross I flee;
Beneath its shelter take my seat;
No shade like this for me!

Beneath that cross clear waters burst,
A fountain sparkling free;
And there I quench my desert thirst;
No spring like this for me!

A stranger here, I pitch my tent
Beneath this spreading tree;
Here shall my pilgrim life be spent;
No home like this for me!

For burdened ones a resting place,
Beside that cross I see;
Here I cast off my weariness;
No rest like this for me!