The Sleep Of The Master

All day the Shepherd sought the sheep

Author: Isa J. Postgate (alt.)
Tune: MANOAH (Greatorex)
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1 All day the Shepherd sought the sheep,
And called them home to rest;
His pierced head now pillowed lies
On earth’s green, gentle breast.

2 At least, she loved Him as her child,
And did her Maker hail;
For in His hour of anguished pain
Her very sun grew pale.

3 He trod her thorniest, dreary ways,
With footprints traced in blood;
He knew the guerdon waiting Him—
The nails and cross of wood!

4 To see God thus, the holy ones
In lowly reverence bow;
But His own brethren marked not
The glory round His brow.

5 He bears long years of toil and pain,
And pays for them the price;
He pours at last His life blood out
To crown the sacrifice.

6 Now for a space the earth He made
Holds Him in her embrace;
While soft white wings of angels round
Guard well the holy place.

7 Soon will He waken. Night speeds fast,
The golden day is near;
The eastern sky is glowing now
And signs of dawn appear!

8 A ray of Heaven’s glory bright
Pierces death’s dark, ancient prison;
The angels fold their pinions now
And whisper, "He is ris’n."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13493

Author: Isa J. Postgate

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Text Information

First Line: All day the Shepherd sought the sheep
Title: The Sleep Of The Master
Author: Isa J. Postgate (alt.)
Source: A Christmas Legend, and Other Verses (London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1889)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


MANOAH (Greatorex)

MANOAH was first published in Henry W. Greatorex's Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1851). This anthology (later editions had alternate titles) contained one of the best tune collections of its era and included thirty-seven original compositions and arrangements by compiler Greatorex as well as m…

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