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I am weary of straying; O fain would I rest

I am weary of straying; O fain would I rest

Author: Sarah Emily York
Tune: ST. MICHAELS (German)
Published in 52 hymnals

Representative Text

1 I'm weary of staying; O when shall I rest
In that promised land of the good and the blest.
Where sin can no longer her blandishments spread,
Where tears and temptations forever are fled?

2 I'm weary of sighing o'er sorrows of earth,
O'er joy's glowing visions that fade at their birth,
O'er pangs for the loved which we cannot assuage,
O'er blightings of you and the weakness of age.

3 I'm weary of hoping, where hope is untrue,
As fair but as fleeting as bright morning dew;
I long for that land whose blest promise alone
Is changeless, and sure as eternity's throne.

4 I'm weary of loving what passes away;
The sweetest and dearest, alas! may not stay:
I long for that land where these partings are o'er,
And death and the tomb can divide us no more!

5 O Jesus, my Saviour, when shall I behold
That morning long promised by prophets of old,
When sin's night of sorrow forever is past,
And death's silent captives are ransomed at last?

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #864

Author: Sarah Emily York

York, Sarah Emily, née Waldo, an American writer, was b. in 1819, and d. in 1851. Her Memoir was published by Mrs. Medberry in 1853. Her hymn, "I'm weary of straying, O fain would I rest" (Rest desired), appeared in the Reformed Dutch Psalms & Hymns, 1847. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I am weary of straying; O fain would I rest
Author: Sarah Emily York
Copyright: Public Domain



ST. MICHAEL'S is an anonymous tune first published by William Gawler (b. Lambeth, London, England, 1750; d. London, 1809) in 1789 in his London collection Hymns and Psalms Used at the Asylum for Female Orphans (1785-1789). Gawler was organist at the Asylum of Refuge for French Orphans in Lambeth, th…

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Instances (1 - 52 of 52)
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Better Than Pearls #227

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Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #506

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Church Melodies #284

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Cottage Melodies; a hymn and tune book, for prayer and social meetings and the home circle #489

Hymns and Tunes for Home Worship #d101

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d525

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Hymns of the "Jubilee Harp" #a451

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Hymns of the Church Militant #495

Prison Hymn Book #d153

Revival and Camp Minstrel, containing the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected #d166

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d126

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #371

Second Advent Hymn Book #d23

Song-Flowers #d48

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #1030

Songs for the Lord's House #d177

Songs in the Night; or Hymns for the Sick and Suffering. 2nd ed. #d76

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Songs of Pilgrimage #1500

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Songs of Zion Enlarged #395

Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d183

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The Advent Harp; designed for believers in the speedy coming of Christ #447

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d327

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The Baptist Psalmody #790

The Choralist #d158

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The Christian Hymn Book #837

The Christian Hymnal #d327

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The Christian Hymnal #616

The Christian Lyre #d180

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #826

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The Harp #675

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a675

The Hymnist #d48

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The Jubilee Harp #451

The Millennial Harp #d201

The New Christian Harp. 10th ed. #d117

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #709

The New Jubilee Harp, or Christian hymns and songs. a new collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship. #180 S

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The Reformed Church Hymnal #320

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The Sacred Lyre #317

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #864

The Social Harp #d152

The Social Harp. Rev. #d184

The Soldier's Hymn Book. 2nd ed. #d102

The Thanksgiving #d106

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d190

The Victory #d171

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The Wesleyan Sacred Harp #251b

Two Hundred and Fifty-two Familiar Hymns #d89

Zion's Harp ... Sacred Songs Not Found in the Methodist Hymn Book and Many Never Before Published with Several Original Pieces #d160

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