1 Again the day returns of holy rest,
Which, when he made the world, Jehovah blest;
When, like his own, he bade our labor's cease,
And all be piety, and all be peace.
2 Let us devote this consecrated day
To learn his will, and all we learn obey;
So shall he hear, when fervently we raise
Our supplications, and our songs of praise.
3 Lord of all worlds, incline thy gracious ear;
Thy children's voice in tender mercy hear;
Bear thy blest promise, fix'd as hills, in mind,
And shed renewing grace on lost mankind.
4 Father in heav'n, in whom our hopes confide,
Whose pow'r defends us, and whose precepts guide,
Thro' life our surest guardian, and friend,
Glory supreme be thine till time shall end.
Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #380
"This and the foregoing hymn are adapted to an elegant movement of Pleyel, in his Opera 23rd. They have also been set to music by Dr. Burney and Mr. M. Camidge."Both hymns have come into modern use through J. Kempthorne's Psalms & Hymns1810, Cotterill's Selection 8th edition 1819, and later collec¬tions. The morning hymn is the more popular of the two, and is in somewhat extensive use, but often as, “Again returns the day of holy rest"-—as in Hall's Mitre, 1836, the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, the New Congregational Hymn Book, and others. The American use of this hymn is very extensive. [William T. Brooke] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)