The Lord's Day

How welcome to the saints when pressed

Author: John Newton
Published in 19 hymnals

Representative Text

1 How welcome to the saints when pressed
With six days' noise and care and toil,
Is the returning day of rest,
Which hides them from the world a while.

2 Now from the throng withdrawn away,
They seem to breathe a different air;
Composed and softened be the day,
All things another aspect wear.

3 How happy if their lot is cast,
Where the stately gospel sounds!
The world is honey to their taste,
Renews their strength, and heals their wounds!

4 Though pinched with poverty at home
With sharp afflictions daily fed;
It makes amends if they can come
To God's own house for heavenly bread:

5 With joy they hasten to the place,
Where they their Saviour oft had met;
And while they feast upon his grace,
Their burdens and their griefs forget.

6 This favored lot, my friends, is ours,
May we the privilege improve;
And find these consecrated hours,
Sweet earnests of the joy above!

7 We thank thee for thy day, O Lord,
Here we thy promised presence seek;
Open thine hand with blessings stored,
And give us manna for the week.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

Author: John Newton

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul¬≠tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas √† Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

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First Line: How welcome to the saints when pressed
Title: The Lord's Day
Author: John Newton
Language: English

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Church Psalmody #330

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #7

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians. 9th ed. #d83

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d61

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #64

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d81

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians #d40

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #49

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #49

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d204

Hymns on Select Passages of Scripture with Others Usually Sung at Camp-Meetings #ad35

Hymns on Select Passages of Scripture with Others Usually Sung at Camp-Meetings #d35

The Christian Hymn Book (Ohio Auglaize Christian Conference) #d118

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The Christian Hymn-Book (Corr. and Enl., 3rd. ed.) #268

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The Harp #188

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a188

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