Text Based On Leviticus Chapter 23 (KJV)
Six days shall work be done: but the
seventh day is the sabbath of rest,
an holy convocation;
Words: John Ellerton: 1826-1893
Music: Johann M. Spiess: ?-1772
Swabia (S.M.) v5/D
THIS IS THE DAY OF REST
This is the day of rest:
Our failing strength renew;
On weary brain and troubled breast
Shed Thou Thy freshening dew.
This is the day of light:
Let there be light today;
O Saviour, rise upon our night
And chase the gloom away.
This is the day of peace:
Thy peace our spirits fill;
Bid Thou the blasts of discord cease,
The waves of strife be still.
This is the day of prayer:
Let earth to heaven draw near;
Lift up our hearts to seek Thee there,
Come down to meet us here.
This is the seventh of days;
Send forth Thy quick'ning breath,
And wake dead souls to love and praise,
O Vanquisher of death!