Go to thy rest, fair child

Go to thy rest, fair child

Author: L. H. Sigourney
Tune: BURBER
Published in 83 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Go to thy rest, fair child!
Go to thy dreamless bed,
While yet so gentle, undefiled,
With blessings on thy head.

2 Before thy heart had learned
In waywardness to stray;
Before thy feet had ever turned
The dark and downward way;

3 Ere sin has seared the breast,
Or sorrow woke the tear;
Rise to thy throne of changeless rest,
In yon celestial sphere!

4 Because thy smile was fair,
Thy lip and eye so bright,
Because thy loving cradle-care
Was such a dear delight;

5 Shall love, with weak embrace,
Thy upward wing detain?
No! gentle spirit, seek thy place
Amid the cherub train.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #624

Author: L. H. Sigourney

Sigourney, Lydia, née Huntley. This distinguished name stood at the head of the female poets of America a generation ago, and is still well remembered. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1791, she conducted a school in the same town from 1809 to 1814, when she removed to Hartford, where she was married to Charles Sigourney in 1819. Most of her subsequent life was spent at Hartford, and she died there, June 10, 1865. Her first publication was Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse, 1815. This was followed by 58 additional works. A thorough exploration of these, or of such of them are poetical, would be necessary to trace her hymns with accuracy. They, however, are more numerous than important. Many have been used in the older collections; some are… Go to person page >

Text Information

Tune

BURBER


INVITATION (Maker)

Frederick C. Maker (b. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, 1844; d. Bristol, 1927) composed INVITATION for this text. Also known as COME TO THE SAVIOR, the tune was published in the Bristol Tune Book (1881), edited by Alfred Stone and others. Well matched to the text, INVITATION begins gently but inv…

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MORN (Rupp)


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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #622

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