Scripture Verse

A rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9


Words: May L. Clay­ton, in On Joy­ful Wing, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1886), num­ber 11.

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Clay­ton (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


I’ve been to the field with the reap­ers,
And there I have gleaned all day;
But my task was light, and my heart was glad,
For I heard the Mas­ter say:


Rest by and by, rest by and by,
Rest in the field above;
There is rest by and by,
Happy rest by and by,
And a crown of eter­nal love.

O sweet was the song of the reap­ers,
And bright was their gold­en grain.
As it waved in the light of the mid­day sun,
And it smiled o’er the har­vest plain.


And still by the side of the reap­ers
I ask that my place may be,
Till the sun shall be set, and my work is done,
And the Mas­ter calls me home.