Scripture Verse

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9


Words: John S. Jones, in the 1889 sup­ple­ment to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Heath­lands Hen­ry T. Smart, in Psalms and Hymns for Di­vine Wor­ship, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Jones (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Smart,

Henry T. Smart (1813–1879)


Now the bu­sy week is done,
Now the rest-time is begun;
Thou hast brought us on our way,
Kept and led us day by day;
Now there comes the first and best,
Day of wor­ship, light and rest.

Hallow, Lord, the com­ing day!
When we meet to praise and pray,
Hear Thy Word, Thy feast at­tend,
Hours of hap­py ser­vice spend;
To our hearts be ma­ni­fest,
Lord of la­bor and of rest.

For Thy child­ren gone be­fore
We can trust Thee and adore;
All their earth­ly week is past,
Sabbath-time is theirs at last;
Fold them, Fa­ther, to Thy breast,
Give them ev­er­last­ing rest.

Guide us all the days to come,
Till Thy mer­cy call us home:
All our pow­ers do Thou em­ploy,
Be Thy work our chief­est joy;
Then, the pro­mised land pos­sessed,
Bid us en­ter into rest.