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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Smart,

Henry T. Smart


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.