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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


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.