390. Lord of the Sabbath, Hear Us Pray

1 Lord of the Sabbath, hear us pray,
in this your house, on this your day;
and own, as grateful sacrifice,
the songs which from your temple rise.

2 Now met to pray and bless your name,
whose mercies flow each day the same,
whose kind compassions never cease,
we seek instruction, pardon, peace.

3 Your earthly Sabbaths, Lord, we love,
but there's a nobler rest above;
to that our lab'ring souls aspire
with ardent hope and strong desire.

4 In thy blest kingdom we shall be
from ev'ry mortal trouble free;
no sighs shall mingle with the songs
Resounding from immortal tongues;

5 No rude alarms of raging foes;
no cares to break the long repose;
no midnight shade, no waning moon,
but sacred, high, eternal noon.

6 O long-expected day, begin,
dawn on these realms of woe and sin!
Break, morn of God, upon our eyes;
and let the world's true Sun arise!

Text Information
First Line: Lord of the Sabbath, hear us pray
Title: Lord of the Sabbath, Hear Us Pray
Author: Philip Doddridge (1737)
Alterer (and others): Thomas Cotterill (1819; mod.)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: The Church: The Lord's Day; Heaven: Anticipated; Invocation
Tune Information
Meter: L.M.
Key: A♭ Major
Source: William Gardiner's Sacred Melodies,1815

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