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521. O Day of Rest and Gladness

1 O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm for care and sadness,
most beautiful, most bright:
on you the high and lowly,
through ages joined in tune,
sing "Holy, holy, holy,"
to the great God triune.

2 On you, at earth’s creation,
the light first had its birth;
on you, for our salvation,
Christ rose from depths of earth;
on you, our Lord victorious
the Spirit sent from heav'n;
and thus on you, most glorious,
a three-fold light was giv'n.

3 Today on weary nations
the heav'nly manna falls;
to holy convocations
the silver trumpet calls,
where gospel light is glowing
with pure and radiant beams
and living water flowing
with soul-refreshing streams.

4 New graces ever gaining
from this our day of rest,
we reach the rest remaining
to spirits of the blest.
We sing to you our praises,
O Father, Spirit, Son;
the church its voice upraises
to you, blest Three in One.

Text Information
First Line: O day of rest and gladness
Title: O Day of Rest and Gladness
Author: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1885 (alt.)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Gathering
Tune Information
Name: ELLACOMBE
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: A Major
Source: German melody, 18th cent.; X. L. Hartig Melodien zum mainzer Gesangbuche,, 1833, adapt.



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