The Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.@Exodus 20:11
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Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

Robert Lowry, in Hymns for Schools and Families, edited by Thomas O. Summers (Richmond, Virginia/Louisville, Kentucky: J. Early, 1853) (🔊 pdf nwc).

When the morning light
Drives away the night,
With the sun so bright and full,
And the day of rest
Lightens every breast,
I’ll away to Sabbath school;
For ’tis there we all agree,
All with happy hearts and free,
And I love to early be,
At the Sabbath school.

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I’ll away! away!
I’ll away! away!
I’ll away to Sabbath school.

In the class I meet
With the friends I greet,
At the time of opening prayer;
And our hearts we raise
In a hymn of praise,
For ’tis always pleasant there;
In the Book of holy truth,
Full of counsel and reproof,
We behold the guide of youth,
At the Sabbath school.

Refrain

May the dews of grace
Fill the hallowed place,
And the sunshine never fail,
While each blooming rose
Which in memory grows,
Shall a sweet perfume exhale;
When we mingle here no more,
But have met on Jordan’s shore,
We will talk of moments o’er
At the Sabbath school.

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