1 O blessed rest in Jesus!
There’s no other half so sweet,
As the peace he freely gives me,
When I tarry at his feet.
There I tell the sins that grieve me,
And his tones like dewdrops fall,
“Fear ye not, for I’ve redeemed thee,
There is cleansing for them all.”
O blessed, blessed rest!
Leaning on his loving breast,
When I’m heart to heart with Jesus,
What a blessed, blessed rest!
2 O blessed rest in Jesus!
Let me linger at his side,
While I tell him all my sorrows,
And my joys to him confide.
He will never, never weary,
For he waits to answer prayer,
And he whispers that he loves me,
That he careth for my care. [Refrain]
3 O blessed rest in Jesus!
How it cheers me, day by day!
For he strengthens me for duty,
And for service, by the way;
And he tells me of the city
Where they need no star, no sun;
There he’ll give me joyful welcome,
When my earthly work is done. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >