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

By Hay­ward, in John Do­bell’s New Se­lec­tion, 1806.

Das Lieb­en Bringt Groß Freud Fried­rich Sil­cher, 1827, from a Swa­bi­an folk tune. Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, Car­mi­na Sac­ra, sec­ond ed­i­tion, 1841 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Friedrich Silcher (1789–1860)

Welcome, delightful morn,
Thou day of sacred rest!
I hail thy kind return;
Lord, make these moments blest;
From the low train of mortal toys,
I soar to reach immortal joys,
I soar to reach immortal joys.

Now may the King descend,
And fill His throne with grace;
Thy scepter, Lord, extend,
While saints address Thy face:
Let sinners feel Thy quickening Word,
And learn to know and fear the Lord,
And learn to know and fear the Lord.

Descend, celestial Dove,
With all Thy quickening powers;
Disclose a Savior’s love,
And bless the sacred hours:
Then shall my soul new life obtain,
Nor Sabbaths be enjoyed in vain,
Nor Sabbaths be enjoyed in vain.