A day in Thy courts is better than a thousand.@Psalm 84:10
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Ray Palmer (1808-1887)

Ray Palmer, 1834. Appeared in The Poetical Works of Ray Palmer (London: R. D. Dickinson, 1876), page 53.

St. Anselm Joseph Barnby, Original Tunes 1869 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)

Thine holy day’s returning
Our hearts exult to see,
And, with devotion burning,
Ascend, our God, to Thee.

Today, with purest pleasure,
Our thoughts from earth withdraw;
We search for sacred treasure,
We learn Thy holy law.

We join to sing Thy praises,
God of the Sabbath day!
Each voice in gladness raises,
Its loudest, sweetest lay.

Thy richest mercies sharing,
O fill us with Thy love!
By grace our souls preparing
For nobler praise above.