Scripture Verse

There remains…a Sabbath rest for the people of God. Hebrews 4:9

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
1820–1915

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in The Sil­ver Spray, by How­ard Doane (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1868).

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
1832–1915

Lyrics

My soul with rap­ture waits for thee,
Beautiful vale of rest;
My home be­yond the roll­ing sea,
Beautiful vale of rest;
I long to sing thy plea­sures o’er,
The glo­ries of thy tran­quil shore,
Where pain and sor­row come no more—
Happy vale of rest.

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Beautiful vale of rest,
Beautiful vale of rest,
My soul with rap­ture longs for thee,
O! love­ly vale of rest.

Thy ra­di­ant fields and glow­ing skies,
Beautiful vale of rest;
Too pure and bright for mor­tal eyes,
Beautiful vale of rest;
Beside the liv­ing stream that flows,
The wea­ry heart shall find re­pose—
Thy pear­ly gates shall ne­ver close,
Happy vale of rest.

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The joys of earth, how soon they fade!
Beautiful vale of rest;
Like morn­ing dew or ev­en­ing shade,
Beautiful vale of rest;
Yet, when we reach thy gold­en strand,
Our gen­tle Sav­ior’s pro­mised land,
We’ll sing with all the an­gel band,
Happy vale of rest.

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O! who would dwell for­ev­er here,
Beautiful vale of rest;
With joy, un­fad­ing joy so near,
Beautiful vale of rest;
O! may I live that I may wear
A star­ry crown for­ev­er there,
And breathe thy sweet and bal­my air,
Happy vale of rest.

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