Scripture Verse

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


Words: Mrs. J. P. R. Per­ry, in On Joy­ful Wing, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney & Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1886), num­ber 49.

Music: Lei­ces­ter­shire John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Per­ry’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney


When the clouds were dark above me,
And I heard the billows roll,
How the loving voice of Jesus
Whispered comfort to my soul!


Onward, then, I’ll move in triumph,
Till I reach the other shore,
There to gather with the faithful
When the storms of life are o’er.

When the fiercest storms were raging,
And I found no earthly rest,
Then my weary head He pillowed
On His kind and faithful breast.


Let me hear Thy voice, my Savior,
While I tread the vale of life;
Let me hear its tones, so gentle,
’Mid the conflict and the strife.


Let my spirit gladly follow
Where Thou leadest day by day;
When Thou callest, blessèd Savior,
Let me never answer, Nay.