Sweet Rest

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1 Many times for rest we sigh,
Long to lay our burdens by,
But the only perfect rest
Can be found on Jesus' breast.

Sweet rest, glorious rest;
Fold us, dear Savior, close to Thy breast;
Sweet rest, glorious rest,
Rest that is found upon the Savior's breast.

2 When beneath some heavy load,
We are toiling on life's road,
How we love those words so blest,
"Come, and I will give you rest." [Refrain]

3 Nowhere else can mortals find
Rest for heart, and soul, and mind;
Only when we're closely pressed
To our loving Savior's breast. [Refrain]

4 When we reach that land on high,
Toil and care will be laid by,
Never will we be distressed,
But with Christ we'll ever rest. [Refrain]

Source: New Sacred Quartettes for Male, Female and Mixed Voices #47

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

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First Line: Many times for rest we sigh
Title: Sweet Rest
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sweet rest, glorious rest
Publication Date: 1914
Copyright: Public domain


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New Sacred Quartettes for Male, Female and Mixed Voices #47

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