O stay thy tears, for they are blest

O stay thy tears, for they are blest

Author: Andrews Norton
Published in 35 hymnals

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O, stay thy tears! for they are blest
Whose days are past, whose toil is done;
Here midnight care disturbs our rest,
Here sorrow dims the morning sun.

For laboring virtue’s anxious toil,
For patient sorrow’s stifled sigh,
For faith that marks the conqueror’s spoil,
Heaven grants the recompense,—to die.

How blest are they whose transient years
Pass like an evening meteor’s flight,
Not dark with guilt, nor dim with tears,
Whose course is short, unclouded, bright!

O, cheerless were our lengthened way,
But heaven’s own light dispels the gloom,
Streams downward from eternal day,
And sheds a glory round the tomb!

Then stay thy tears,—the blest above
Have hailed a spirit’s heavenly birth,
Sung a new song of joy and love;
Then why should anguish reign on earth?



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #346

Author: Andrews Norton

Norton, Andrews, D.D., son of Samuel Norton, was born at Higham, Massachusetts, Dec. 31, 1786, and was educated at Higham, and at Harvard College. After being engaged there for a short time as a tutor, he was appointed Librarian, and subsequently Lecturer on Biblical Criticism, as successor to Dr. Channing. When the Theological School was opened in 1819 he became Dexter Professor of Literature. This position he held until 1830. He died at Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 18, 1853. He was for some time editor of the General Repository and Review, and published several prose works, one of the most extensive being The Genuineness of the Gospels, in 4 volumes. His hymns are few in number, and are mainly meditations in verse. They were contributed t… Go to person page >

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First Line: O stay thy tears, for they are blest
Author: Andrews Norton

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #346

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #346

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #358

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #685

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #570

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #596

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Children's Praise #124

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #527

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Church Harmonies #682

Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d534

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #727

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #515

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #643

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a643

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #569

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #569

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #598

Jubilant Voices #d125

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Melodies and Hymns for Divine Service in Appleton Chapel #a231

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National Hymn and Tune Book #10

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d486

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Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #415

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Selah #67b

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Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith #43

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The Baptist Praise Book #1108

The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d136

The Choral #d156

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The College Hymnal #456

The Harmoniad and Sacred Melodist #d81

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The Victory #d284

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