Scripture Verse

Return unto thy rest, O my soul. Psalm 116:7

Introduction

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Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856–1922)

Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., 1895.

Music: Ash­land (Stu­art) W. J. Stu­art (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Come, soul, and find thy rest,
No long­er be dis­tressed;
Come to thy Sav­ior’s breast;
O don’t stay away.

Refrain

Prayers are as­cend­ing now,
Angels are bend­ing now,
Both worlds are blend­ing now,
Don’t stay away.

Dark is the world, and cold,
Her cares can­not be told;
Come to thy Sav­ior’s fold;
O don’t stay away.

Refrain

Come with thy load of sin,
Christ died thy soul to win;
Now He will take thee in;
O don’t stay away.

Refrain

Time, here, will soon be past,
Moments are fly­ing fast;
Judgment will come at last;
O don’t stay away.

Refrain

Come, O we pray thee, come,
Come, and no longer roam;
Come now, and start for home,
O don’t stay away.

Refrain